MANISTEE - - - Manistee National Golf and Resort recently hosted the annual Rally for a Cure Women's Invitation golf outing that raised dollars for the Susan G. Koman Foundation for breast cancer research and locally supported CHOICES of Manistee County, the domestic violence shelter. The Foundation will receive $1,200 and CHOICES received nearly $1,700 in the July 10th event.
"This annual event continues to grow in popularity," said Judy Crockett, Coordinator of the Manistee County Human Services Collaborative Body (HSCB) who co-chaired the local portion of the event with Jo Hall, store manager at The Salvation Army. "We had more golfers, more sponsors, and raised more dollars that we ever have with this event. Golfers continue to tell us how much they enjoy the interaction they have with sponsors on each hole. It is something that is unique to our event."
Golfers had the opportunity along the way to taste local sweet cherries provided by Countryside Painting, get a free copy of Women's Lifestyle Magazine, enjoy treats from The Salvation Army, get a free one-day membership to West Shore Health Connections by making a pledge to Manistee County 2-1-1, get a water bottle or golf towel from Mary Sturdevant State Farm Agency, to win a botox treatment from the Laser Institute of West Michigan, and even to win a Kohler toilet on "Hole Number 2" from Kendra Thompson Architects.
"Manistee National has been generous in allowing us to partner with them at this growing event to benefit a local agency that assists women and families," said Crockett. "It is so much fun to work with these generous golfers and sponsors and benefit an organization locally that does so much."
In receiving the check, Jackie Kiszlik, Director of CHOICES thanked the golfers and asked them to think about what it would be like to invite 15 or 16 family members home for Thanksgiving Dinner, and then to have them stay for a full year. That, she said, it what it is like everyday at CHOICES. She noted the domestic violence shelter has been operating at full capacity for a long time.
CHOICES is a member of the The Manistee County HSCB. The HSCB is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our communities by maximizing collaboration, mobilizing support, and providing leadership in identifying community needs and seeking creative, dynamic, efficient and effective solutions. For more information contact the HSCB at firstname.lastname@example.org.