By Robert Alan Richardson Sports Writer
The Madison-Morgan County Boys and Girls Club has announced a major fundraiser to be held at Cuscowilla Golf Resort on Lake Oconee. The Charles W. Baldwin Memorial Hope and Promise Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, June 3 at 2 p.m. with proceeds going to help fund this year’s programs at the Madison-based club. According to Lachrislyn Goss, the club’s unit director, the funds raised will allow them to run certain programs that they couldn’t without money coming in from events like this. Ms. Goss gave us some of the particulars, “We have a summer camp that lasts eight weeks in the summer (starts June 1st) so this will help us to serve the ones that need us the most. The camp will focus on community service, healthy living, and several field trips to places like the Atlanta Zoo, Atlanta Aquarium, and the Civil Rights Museum to name a few. Our budget is set on whatever we raise during the year, so taking these kids to places that they may never get an opportunity to visit is important to us and them. The golf tournament is our big spring push.”
Here are some details about the tournament for those wanting to participate in a great event at an unbelievable golf course going to a great cause. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the course followed by a shotgun start at 2 p.m. Registration is $150 per person with sponsorship donations also being accepted from $250 up to $5000. Cash awards will be given to the top three teams with first place garnering $1000, second place $500, and third place $250. The tournament will be immediately followed by a reception and silent auction in the club house (spouses are welcome). To register for this event, you can go to www.mmbgc.org to reserve your spot. The honorary chairperson for the Charles W. Baldwin memorial will be ESPN columnist and New York Times best-selling author, Mark Schlaback. This summer’s camp will be directed by Ms. Goss who is a 2007 graduate of Morgan County High School only in her third month at the B and G Club. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in secondary education, and is finishing up her master’s in school and professional counseling. Laughing she said, “I definitely use all those skills here at the club.” A one-year membership to the club only costs $40 per year maximum that will give kids opportunities of a lifetime this summer and through the 2015-16 school year.