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The annual Bill Porter Memorial Golf Outing at the Legacy on Friday, June 15,  will benefit four local organizations that will try for the top spot in the split of the proceeds. 

Green Gables Haven, Barry County Imagination Library, St. Rose School and Manna’s Market will seek the most votes from golfers that will determine what each agency will get from the event. 


The charity receiving the most votes will receive 50 percent of the proceeds; second place will get 25 percent; third place, 15 percent; and the fourth place team will receive 10 percent.


All four charities will have booths at the outing, complete with a voting box. They will recruit golf teams, provide event volunteers, obtain two hole sponsors and door prizes. Each registered golfer has four ballots to vote for their favorite charity, they can use all four votes for one charity or split their votes any way they wish. 


Two more charities:  KickStart to Career and the Family Economic Support Office will receive $500 and share in the proceeds from the Outback. The Youth Advisory Council will sell donuts and coffee prior to kickoff. For the sixth year in a row, lunch will be provided by the Hastings Downtown Restaurant Association. The contribution of the meal means additional dollars for the charities.


“This is a really fun event that has provided more than $350,000 to charities throughout our county,” said Bonnie Gettys, president of the Barry Community Foundation.


Many special events happen during the golf classic, including the big Hole in One, longest drive, 50/50 closest to the hole, closest to the hole on the second shot, closest to the hole, the longest putt closest to the line. Other surprises are also planned this year.  A traveling trophy will be awarded to the winning team.


Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available with many of them including a golf team(s). The cost per team is $200 or $50 for an individual. For more information, call the Barry Community Foundation, 269-945-0526, or the Barry County United Way, 269-945-4010.










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