By Leila Dycus staff writer

Hard Labor Creek Golf Course hosted a whole new group of players this week as the Madison-Morgan Boys and Girls Club hosted their latest fundraiser The Hope and Promise Tournament. “It’s important because it keeps the doors open, more and more non-profits are competing for the same dollar,” said Madison-Morgan Boys and Girls Club Director Gari Quirzo-Santis. “We have to come up with unique ways to fundraise.” On Friday June 6 the Madison-Morgan Boys and Girls Club hosted the Hope and Promise Golf Tournament at Hard Labor Creek. The tournament served as one of the club’s fundraisers.

It was a chance for club supporters, board members and club members to come out and raise money for the cherished organization. “It’s important to participate in Boys and Girls Club fundraisers because it helps prepare kids for their futures,” said club member Jerimiah Butler. Every day students from Morgan County have the chance to come to the local Boys and Girls club. At the club students are encouraged to participate in activities that benefit their minds, body and souls. Boys and Girls Club offers youth outlets to do things that might not be possible other wise. “At Boys and Girls Club we do a lot of things and our voices are really heard,” said club member Artelia Butler. Fundraisers like The Hope and Promise Golf Tournament makes these things possible for these kids.

At the tournament club members joined with other volunteers to facilitate the event as well as tried their hands at golf. Director Quirzo-Santis said that his favorite part of the whole day was seeing the club member’s faces as they went on the golf course. For many of the students this was their first time ever being on a course. Many of the students explained how this was their favorite part of the whole day.

“I liked going around and seeing the golfers be happy and golf for good things,” said club member Josh Wade. Beyond just the tournament itself there was a whole in one contest, silent auction and ball drop. All of these added up to a successful day on the course. The day would not have been possible with out the volunteers, club board members and staff. “It doesn’t just fund the boys and girls club, we do trips to give back to our community and our community better,” said club member Alex Nelson.

As the students have said when people participate in these fundraising events they are not just giving to the Boys and Girls Club they are giving to the lives of students who will become leaders in the community. The Madison-Morgan Boys and Girls Club even had a team that participated in the tournament. Members of the Boys and Girls Club team were Dawson Hawkins, Mary Clark Ferguison, Austin and Drew Hile. “It helps Boys and Girls Club become a much better place for kids to come and play,” said club member Anaiah Rucker.