By Mason W. Canales
The Cove Herald
Area golfers teed up on the Hills of Cove Golf Course to raise money for Altrusa International Inc. Saturday, a common practice for Copperas Cove nonprofits.
The 10th annual golf tournament "is our main fundraiser for the year, and what we do with the proceeds of it... we get take home books for every student in kindergarten through the third grade attending Copperas Cove schools," said Angea Carroll, president of Copperas Cove Altrusa.
The money raised from the event also generates money to fund large-print books for the elderly at Copperas Cove nursing homes, take-home books for the Head Start programs, and two $1,000 scholarship for Copperas Cove High School seniors, she added.
"We are a service group that benefits the schools, that is the main thing," Carroll said. "And literacy is the most important thing as part of that in Altrusa."
The Hills of Cove Golf course hosts between 15 to 20 non-profit fundraisers and activities a year, said Ken Wilson, parks and leisure division head for Copperas Cove.
The nonprofits' use of the greens benefit both the organizations as well as the golf course, he said. It gives the organizations another avenue to raise money to fund their causes and programs, and it helps promote the city and the course.
These tournaments will often bring people into the city and the course will see more people using the greens, Wilson said.
"Golf has been slow this year, but we will see golf increase during these charity events, and it definitely benefits us as well as these nonprofits," Wilson said. "With the extreme drought conditions, it has not been good to golf."
While renting the facilities differ, because several nonprofit - like Altrusa - will leave the course open for those not participating in the tournaments and based on number the number of tournament goers, most fundraisers held at the Hills of Cove will have half the proceeds go back to them and the other half to the course, Wilson said.
While the organizations promote the course with their tournaments, the course staff also will promote the tournaments to their regulars and with other avenues, Wilson said.
"It is great to be able to offer programs that benefit citizens in our community whether it is Cove House ... or Altrusa," Wilson said.
"And to be able to have the impact on the funds they need, it makes you feel good."
The Altrusa Inc. fundraiser brought out nine teams of four people at $80 per team Saturday, Carroll said. The proceeds from the golfers will be added to money made through sponsorships, which made for a good fundraising event.
"The tallies are not in this years," Carroll said about money raised at the tournament this year. "In previous years, we have done very well. I would hate to put a dollar figure on it, but it has been several thousand dollars."
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