This year, after fulfilling the number one goal of providing coats and shoes to kids, most of the remaining proceeds will be divided between the Shady Cove and White City Boys & Girls Clubs. The funds will help support those youth facilities, according to Bill Sisson, President of the Upper Rogue Action Team that founded the tournament. How the money will be divided is yet to be determined. But all money generated goes to needy kids, assured Sisson.
When discussing the action team and the tournament, Sisson lights up. “We’re all about kids,” he said. This year the inclusion of the White City Boys & Girls Club has brought a new dimension to the event. As well as action team and citizen volunteers such as Dave Pritchett and Doug VanGordon, club staff has worked hand-in-hand with Sisson and the others in planning the event. Sisson said he enjoys working with staff, giving much credit to Rogue Valley Clubs Branch Director Carrie Beebe. He pointed out that without volunteers, the tournament would not take place.
In a charity golf tournament, sponsorship is important. Eagle Point PremierWest Bank is again the Title Sponsor with a $1,000 donation, said Sisson. Other major sponsors are Pacific Power, Avista Utilities, the Edgewater Inn and OPUS Broadcasting. In addition, many other businesses and organizations have sponsored individual holes at $100 to $150.
With the famous million dollar hole-in-one contest and other great prizes, golfers are enticed to compete, said Sisson. There is a $10,000 putt contest, prizes for closest to the pin on holes No. 8 and 13, a hole-in-one at hole No. 15 that garners a $6,000 Willie’s Drift Boat, and a hole in-one at hole No.3 that gives the lucky winner a 2010 Ford pick-up truck from Crater Lake Ford. There are also many cash prizes ranging from $600 down to $40.
So far, no one has won the million dollars but many enter the golf tournament just for the fun, said Sisson. Not only is there golfing but a no-host Happy Hour, a banquet, raffle and auction. For those who are not golfers, tickets for the banquet and auction are $25 each.
Volunteers are busy securing great prizes such as a guided scenic raft trip for four with hors d’oeuvres from the Fishin’ Hole, two quilts by Cornell Hartford valued at $600, a guided fishing trip for two from Jim Ulm, golf for four at Lake Shastina and Dutch Creek, a night at the Rogue Regency, three months of Sun & Moon Martial Arts, oil changes, artwork and much, much more. Once again, Shady Cove Chase Bank Manager, Cindy McDonald, and her “gang” will keep track of the money from the auction.
Over the years, the Upper Rogue Action Team through the Shady Cove Open has done much for the community such as completing playground equipment needs for Shady Cove School, contributing to reading programs in Eagle Point and Shady Cove, distributing money to many needy families during Christmas, sending over 400 kids to summer camp and helping a kidney transplant patient with some expenses.
Golfers, sponsors and donors of items for the raffle and auction are still needed to make the tournament a success. Participation in this Coats for Kids benefit ensures a helping hand for youth in the Upper Rogue. For more information e-mail: email@example.com For an entry form go to shadycoveopen.com or call Bill at 541-621-8777. Entry forms are also available at the Eagle Point Golf Course Pro Shop.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent