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Organization plans fundraiser on golf course

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Fort Knox Federal Credit Union hosting event

By Chris Chamberlain

It’s nearly tee-off time for Big Brothers Big Sisters as they give the community a chance to step on the greens for its golf scramble fundraiser on Oct. 2 at Lindsay Golf Course on Fort Knox.

Charlotte Masterson, business development representative for the marketing department at Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, said the credit union is hosting the event and she knows “first-hand what Big Brothers Big Sisters can do,” having been a participant with the same “little” for 10 years.

“At the Credit Union, we’re very supportive, and always have been a good community partner, so we wanted to step up and help out,” Masterson said.

The idea for the golf scramble came after the Hardin County branch learned it would be losing a portion of its funding.

“There was a juvenile justice funding that was frozen, and it was specifically for military mentoring which were a large number of our matches,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO of Kentuckiana, Jerri Swinton.

Swinton said BBBS did not receive United Way money a few months ago, but the advisory council had a plan in place.

Masterson, a seven-year advisory council member, said all proceeds will go toward benefiting BBBS and the fundraiser is “a great opportunity.”

“Our main goal is to continue BBBS in Hardin County,” Masterson said. “I think we have the opportunity to raise several thousand dollars. We just want to make sure it continues.”

The event will have an early-bird registration. If a team or individual is registered by Sept. 12, the fee is $200 a team or $50 per person. After Sept. 12, the price increases to $240 per team or $60 per person. The amount will cover a day of golf with a cart, lunch and other activities. If a company or individual does not golf but would like to sponsor a soldier, the price is $60.

The credit union is sponsoring a $10,000 hole-in-one prize, Masterson said, and people also can donate prizes for teams and players if they’d like to.

Swinton acknowledged the efforts with praise and said, “It’s really gratifying to see the community coming together on support of us. We’re just really grateful for the support.”

“All of the funds stay here locally to support our volunteer recruitment and to the ongoing support that our staff provides for our high-impact match relationships,” she said.

To register, go to bbsky.org/golf4hardin or call Erika Chester at 270-351-2220. Registration ends on Sept. 26.

Chris Chamberlain can be reached at 270-505-1744 or cchamberlain@thenewsenterprise.com.