Golf tournament funds community impact projects

The Greene County United Way teed off their eighth annual golf tournament Sept. 6. This fundraising event took place at the Carmichael’s Golf Club with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and went well into the afternoon. 

All donations and funds raised from the event were directed to the United Way’s Community Impact Fund. This money will be invested directly into initiatives and programs that benefit the entire community.

“It was just a beautiful day,” said MaChal Forbes, executive director of the Greene County United Way. “We could not have asked for a prettier day to have a golf outing.” 

Forbes said it was a small golf outing, but surely a fun day with about eight and a half teams consisting of four golfers. Roughly 45 members of the community attended in total. 

“It gave us an opportunity to raise awareness around the agencies we work with and to talk to people about where their money goes when they donate to the Greene County United Way,” Forbes said. 

Attendance of the event also included volunteers who are pulled from the community, as well as the local organizations that the United Way supports. This gives those organizations the opportunity to publicize and draw awareness to causes that are in need of support. 

Aside from the golfing, the event was full of games, prizes, raffles and food, all of which were provided through donations from the community, individuals and businesses. Just a few of the United Way’s supporters include Waynesburg University, Community Bank, First National Bank and individuals such as the United Way President of the Board Lisa Pedrow, and the United Way Treasurer of the Board Joshuah Daines. 

“I think all of our events are great because the money that we raise filters right back into Greene County helping children, helping seniors, helping people with disabilities,” Forbes said. “Any event that we talk about funnels right back into the community and into programs that help people who are struggling.”

For the past three years, the United Way has given back $50,000 annually to programs that supported over 40,000 residents of Greene County.

Of course, Friday’s golf outing could not have ended without a winner of the tournament. What Forbes referred to as “Team Grandel,” went home with first prize. This team consisted of members Laura Grandel, Chris Haines, Bobby Dean and Craig Conklin. 

Forbes said they have yet to determine the grand total of dollars raised from the event. 

Photos from the event can be found on the Greene County United Way’s Facebook page.