Glow golf fundraiser reels in $4,000 for United Way
Golfers during the Glow Golf fundraiser on Friday at the Portage Golf Club. The event raised more than $4,000 for the Portage Plains United Way as they get ready to announce their campaign goal on Thursday. (Submitted photo)
The United Way's annual Glow Golf fundraiser illuminated the night on Friday and also gave the organization a big boost heading into this year's campaign.
The annual fundraiser raised more than $4,000 for the Portage Plains United Way, which is three times more than what was raised last year.
Amanda Outingdyke, executive director of the Portage Plains United Way, said that she was ecstatic with the turnout, the positive atmosphere and the generosity of the Portage community.
"I don't think we could have asked for better because we raised over $4,000 this year which was three times as much as we raised in 2011," she said.
"We were overwhelmed with how many people came out and all the positive things that people had to say.
"We actually went out this year, myself and a volunteers, and took a couple of golf balls with us. We heard nothing but laughter and everyone was having a great time out there. It was a little bit chilly and it was a dark night but all you could see was people lighting up in blue, green, or orange so it was great."
Outingdyke said the people began showing up at around 6:00 p.m., two hours before tee off time. She added that people were having so much fun that they stayed at the Portage Golf Club playing until around 1:00 a.m.
The interest in the event has piqued over the last three years the event has been running as a precursor to the official launch of the United Way campaign. This fact is just as, or even more important, than the amount of money raised.
"I think it's says more than just the amount of money we raised. This is an event that's gaining momentum. It's the third year we've done it and it indicates that people are having fun about this event while telling other people to come out and enjoy themselves," said Outingdyke.
"If people have fun and it's something they can do with their friends then they'll comeback, but I think people know that it is going to charity and it's something that's helping people in Portage who can't do an event like this."
On Thursday, the Portage Plains United Way will announce this year's campaign goal at their annual luncheon.