COVID-19 has taken a toll on fundraising, and nowhere is that more evident than Stafford Social Services. Social Services holds an annual Golf Classic for Stafford Kids that raises funds to provide for the needs of parents and children. These are needs that are not covered by state or federal funding. Last year, the tournament was canceled due to COVID-19, and the need was more significant than ever. Officials are looking to get back on track with this year’s event, the 11th year of its existence, held on September 22, 2021, at Augustine Golf Club. Organizers are looking for sponsors as well as teams.
“The proceeds from this tournament significantly impact our holiday program where we give meals and presents during the holidays to the needy identified by Social Services,” said Director of Social Services Michael Muse. “We truly appreciate the folks who support us in this effort year after year and welcome new ones as well.”
One of the best ways to assist with the tournament is to be a sponsor. There are several sponsorship opportunities: tournament sponsor; corporate sponsor; community sponsor; golf cart sponsor; hole sponsor; and goody bag sponsor. As well, golfers can sign up individually for the tournament or play on a team. The cost to play includes 18 holes of golf, green and cart fees and a barbecue lunch. Sponsorship or play fees are tax-deductible.
Stafford’s Department of Social Services assists a wide array of clients: those fleeing domestic abuse; foster children; senior citizens; those who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; and those who receive Supplemental Security Income. The department hosts an annual holiday program where the public can donate food and presents. Participants receive a holiday meal at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Additionally, they receive gifts at Christmas. The proceeds from the golf tournament help to purchase items not donated to the Holiday Program.