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Teeing off for a good cause

Glenville Rotary's annual golf tournament fundraiser

Melodies from a bagpipe player stretched over the rolling hills of Van Patten Golf Club as golfers lined up to sign-in outside the clubhouse for the twelfth annual Glenville Rotary Club Golf Classic.

On Thursday, August 5, 138 people came to chip, putt, compete and share a few laughs while supporting the Glenville Rotary Club's efforts throughout the community. In order to peruse projects the club relies on a strong turnout to raise a majority of their funding.

It is a win/win they have fun and we are able to raise money for good causes," said club member David Hitchcock.

Besides hitting birdies on the course, there were golfing related games, a poker contest, a 50-50 with prizes totaling $3,500 and on hole 10 there was a photographer taking pictures of groups.

Glenville Rotary Club President Beth Gregory said she thought the tournament raised around $8,000 that day. The turnout was also about what the club expected to see for the event.

"It is our biggest fundraiser of the year and it gives us our operating money to do the types of things that we do," said Greg Phillips, event coordinator. "One of the big things we are doing this year is we are hosting a student from Ecuador, so we have a kid from Ecuador living in local homes and going to local schools and learning about our culture."

The club helped Parkside YMCA with reconstruction efforts of their new pavilion and trails connecting to Indian Meadows park, while improving the camps ability to provide a more effective summer day camp program. Without the tournament, funds would be hard to attain for the project.

"We can't thank Glenville Rotary enough for their involvement in building the pavilion at Indian Meadows Park," said John Wyatt, minors commissioner and fund raiser for Burnt Hills"Ballston Lake Little League. "It as provided us a nice addition to our facilities, it has made out little league one of the nicest in the area and allowed us to host a state tournament."

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