Golf balls raining from the sky Sunday afternoon will signal the start of Alpena Tri-County Area Zonta Club's eighth annual Golf Ball Drop.
As many as 500 numbered golf balls will be dropped onto the Alpena Golf Course from a ReMax New Horizons hot air balloon. The one landing closest to the pin wins the holder of that ball a $2,000 cash prize.
Even better, should a ball end up falling in the designated hole-in-one, that holder wins a two-year pre-paid lease on a 2012 Buick Regal from Alpena Buick-GMC.
News Photo by Diane Speer
This Sunday’s Golf Ball Drop, sponsored by Alpena Tri-County Area Zonta Club, benefits Girls on the Run. Helping with the event are, from left, Cathy Goike, coordinator of Girls on the Run; Zonta President Peggy Donakowski; and Sharon Houston, owner/broker of ReMax New Horizons, which supplies the company hot air balloon used to drop the balls onto the Alpena Golf Course.
Besides the two grand prizes, two $200 second chance drawings also will be given away.
Set for 3:30-4 p.m. at the course, the event is a major fundraiser for the club, with proceeds used to support a number of worthy causes in the community.
"Last year we raised $3,500 at the Golf Ball Drop thanks to a great community," said Zonta President Peggy Donakowski.
Golf Ball Drop
Sunday, Sept. 23
Alpena Golf Course
Call: 464-5440 or 255-7544
While the club's fundraising efforts help many causes such as Shelter Inc., Mother's Room at Alpena Regional Medical Center, Inland Seas Scholarship Program, Newspapers in Education, Alpena County Library literacy program and an Alpena Community College Endowment Scholarship, a significant portion of the Golf Ball Drop proceeds go toward the Girls on the Run program.
The donated funds, in turn, go a long way toward making the program successful.
"This is one of the only local fundraising events for Girls on the Run," said Cathy Goike of District Health Dept. #4, who coordinates the character-building program for girls in third through eighth grade. "The money helps with buying supplies for the young participants, such as snacks, t-shirts and water bottles. It really helps us to implement the program."
Girls on the Run emphasizes important topics for young girls like healthy eating, friendship, exercise, team work, bullying and standing up for one's self in a healthy manner. It is offered in all six elementary schools in Alpena Public Schools district, plus All Saints School, Bingham Arts Academy and Thunder Bay Junior High School.
Three additional schools also are participating for the first time this year: Immanuel Lutheran, Hillman Elementary and Inland Lakes Schools.
There is still time for enrolling in the fall session of Girls on the Run. Parents interested in signing their daughters up, may call Goike at 358-7970. Students who are home-schooled are also eligible to participate.
Besides the Zonta club, Girls on the Run is supported by Bay Athletic Club and the Health Dept. #4.
Sharon Houston, owner/broker of ReMax New Horizons, gladly supports the Golf Ball Drop event by arranging for her company's hot air balloon to come to the area and serve as the vehicle for dropping the balls onto the golf course.
"Girls on the Run is such a worthy cause," Houston said. "ReMax New Horizons is very glad to support the effort. Not only is it a worthy cause, but it also is a fun event."
Golf balls are still available for purchase at $20 per ball and can be purchased by calling 464-5440 or 255-7544. Tickets also will be available for sale on site the day of the drop.
Winners need not be present to win.