On Friday, August 3rd, 2012, Members CU held its Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Salem Glen Golf and Country Club in Clemmons, NC. This year’s tournament raised $7,000. The proceeds were divided equally between the Members CU Scholarship Fund and The Children’s Home, in Winston-Salem, NC.
"Members CU is committed to community service and we also continue to keep focused on the needs of our members." Jack V. Braswell, Jr., President/CEO of Members CU remarked. "I’m thrilled that our golf tournament raised enough money to give back to the community while continuing to fund our members’ scholarship fund."
The Members CU scholarship fund was established in 1996 to provide funds to help members further their education. Thanks to participants and sponsors of last year’s Charity Golf Tournament, Members CU awarded 13 scholarships worth $15,000 for the 2012-2013 academic year.
"I absolutely loved seeing how many people came out to support The Children’s Home. We are overjoyed with the donations from the Golf Tournament," Lea Metz, Development and Marketing Specialist of The Children’s Home stated. "We offer experiential learning activities to the children and families for free, including farming, art, and music activities. That along with family therapy is free, so having the support of the community allows us to continue to enhance the lives of those in need. A huge thank you to Members Credit Union and everyone else that was involved for supporting kids in the community that need assistance. What a fun way to show support."
The Children's Home has made it their mission to care for children and youth in need since 1909. Over the years, The Children's Home has become known as the place "Where Children and Families Matter Most" because of their commitment and dedication to helping children and families. Within the past few years, The Children's Home has become licensed in mental health treatment programs and foster programs to continue to reach out and offer more support to the families in need.
Funds were raised from player entry fees, hole sponsorships and donations. The credit union also held a silent auction that offered furniture items donated by Furniture Land South and Lane Venture. Winston-Salem Dash baseball tickets and Carolina Panthers football tickets were also auctioned to raise additional funds for the two charities. Golf tournament participants received door prizes donated by local businesses and a BBQ lunch.
Golfers Tom Heyden, Mike Shade, and Mark Wilson from CUNA Mutual Group and Eric Gelly from the North Carolina Credit Union League took home 1st place with the lowest gross score of the tournament. James Ward and The Children’s Home’s Lea Metz won the "Closest to the Pin" challenge. Matt Burns from Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union won the men’s "Longest Drive Competition". Meghan Donley won the women’s "Longest Drive Competition".
Next year’s tournament is scheduled for May 10th at Salem Glen.