Piedmont, Western Chapters swing into spring with charity golf tournaments
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Posted by: Jeff Hardin
|Pictured: Piedmont Chapter board members and Carolinas Credit Union Foundation President Lauren Whaley (center).
The Piedmont and Western Chapters of the Carolinas Credit Union League hosted their annual charity golf tournaments on Friday, May 10. In addition to raising funds, the events brought credit union staff, volunteers and supporters together for a day of fun.
The Piedmont Chapter teed off at 9:00 am at the Tradition Golf Club in Charlotte. The 27th annual event featured prizes for the top teams, as well as raffles and door prizes. An awards luncheon recognized tournament sponsors and winners at the conclusion of the day's events.
Proceeds from the Piedmont Chapter's tournament supported the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation’s partnership with Victory Junction, and raised more than $4,000. Over the last five years, the Foundation has received more than $22,000 through the golf outing!
"On behalf of the entire Foundation Board, we thank the Piedmont Chapter credit unions, business partners and local supporters for their steadfast commitment," shared Carolinas Credit Union Foundation President/CEO Lauren Whaley. In addition to the funds raised by the tournament, the Chapter announced a give-back day in coordination with the Foundation for Victory Junction's Reach Program. This volunteer event is scheduled for August 21 with shifts throughout the day at the Hemby Children's Hospital, St. Jude Affiliate Clinic and the Charlotte Ronald McDonald House.
|Western Chapter volunteers assemble goody bags prior to the start of the fifth annual tournament.
Meanwhile the Western Chapter swung into action Friday afternoon with its fifth annual event. Held at Etowah Valley Golf & Resort outside Hendersonville, the tournament raised funds for Meals on Wheels programs in six western North Carolina Counties.
In addition to prizes and other giveaways, the Western Chapter raffled a Yeti Cooler to raise additional funds for the event. A silent auction also helped to add support to the fundraising total.
The chapter tournament raised more than $6,700 for the Meals on Wheels program.These funds will be split across six counties served by member credit unions in western North Carolina, and provide food to thousands of residents.
"It was wonderful to see groups of friends and co-workers soaking in some time on the green for the meaningful and impactful work happening in our region," said Christy Zbylut, the volunteer coordinator with the Henderson County Council on Aging.
Zbylut and Executive Director Trina Stokes volunteered at the tournament. "We are truly grateful to be a part of this event," Zbylut concluded.
All told, nearly 120 golfers and two dozen volunteers participated in the two tournaments. Each golfer and volunteer embraced the Cooperative Principle of Concern for Community in the process, and supported two very worthy non-profit programs.