Sept. 2, 2005 – Everyone who has a television or who has read a newspaper recently knows that residents in southern United States need help after being hit by Hurricane Katrina. Organizations are appealing to residents to help them help victims of this disaster.
The management of the Buccaneer Golf Courses has come up with a way to get money to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund.
Each weekend the course is the site of what is called a Low Net Kicker Tournament. Both Buccaneer Golf Shop and the East End Golf Club will match this weekend the $5 entry fees collected and it will all be donated to the American Red Cross. Since this weekend is a four-day weekend, participation is expected to be high.
"Having been through hurricanes ourselves, we are especially sensitive to the situation people up North are encountering as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The scope of the problems they face are so great that whatever we can do to help, we need to do," Tim Johnston, the Buccaneer's PGA Professional, said in a press release Thursday.
The East End Golf Clubs treasurer, Mike Gilbert, is an insurance adjuster and is currently in Louisiana assisting with the recovery effort.
Jeanne Johnston, the Buccaneer's LPGA Teaching & Club Professional and the East End Golf Club's secretary, seconds her husbands sentiments. "While the East End Golf Clubs activities are primarily golf-related, we have in the past made donations to causes weve felt warranted our attention. Katrina is an unusual situation and one we feel we can help with. We hope our offer to match the golfers' entry fees will encourage more golfers to participate in the Low Net Kicker Tournament, which is a simple full handicap event that golfers can play at any time during Labor Day Weekend, which will in turn mean more money for the relief fund."
Winners of the tournament will be designated as usual, although no prizes will actually be distributed.
Volunteer organizations seeking donations to assist victims of Katrina include:
American Red Cross
America's Second Harvest
Adventist Community Services
Catholic Charities, USA
Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
Church World Service
Convoy of Hope
Lutheran Disaster Response
Mennonite Disaster Service
Nazarene Disaster Response
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Southern Baptist Convention — Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440
United Methodist Committee on Relief
Volunteer agencies provide a wide variety of critical services after disasters, such as clean up, childcare, housing repair, crisis counseling, sheltering and food.
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