People and relationships make the difference in our business. Our guests, associates, and the people in our community are important to us. That’s why I am so proud to work for a company that supports and encourages us to get involved in the community.
This past Monday I had the pleasure of participating in the 100 Hole Challenge for the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay Golf Classic Outing. This was my 4th time being a participant in this worthwhile event. As a father of three, kids play a special part in my life so, The Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay (BGCGB) is a perfect fit for me. The BGCGB offers kids a safe place to gather and learn some valuable life skills.
It was a beautiful day for golf and we had a fantastic turnout. We started golfing at 6:00 a.m. and finished at 5:00 p.m. We had an absolute blast on the course! you would be surprised at how exhausting all of those swings can be!
Here’s a little more information about the event and its great accomplishments this year:
- This year 15 individuals (three of them being Festival Foods associates) signed up to participate in the 100 Hole Challenge. We solicited sponsors/donations for each hole played and the money raised goes towards the club. The event teed off at 6:00 a.m., and we played the initial 82 holes (using multiple golf balls) then joined the outing, and finished the remaining 18 holes in a foursome.
- The goal this year was to raise $25,000.00 to fund the BGCGB summer transportation program. Our goal was reached and bus routes on both sides of town started Wednesday, June 9th! Many of the kids would not have been able to get to the club this summer if transportation wasn’t provided. A lot of the members—current and future—do not live within reasonable walking distance from the clubhouses and have no other means to reach them.
- The summer “package” includes two good meals, a safe place, and life-changing programs delivered by professional staff in world-class facilities. It’s also proven that kids can lose 1/3 to 1/2 of a grade level in academic proficiency without high-yield learning activities during the summer.
- Average summer daily attendance is 464 kids. School-year average daily attendance: 703.
- 364 meals are served every day at the BGCGB during the summer session; 41,374 meals served yearly.
- Summer offers over 50 different programs; over 100 offered yearly.
- Our Golf Classic also featured a “Sponsor-A-Kid” element. The BGCGB only charges $5 per year for a child to be a member and it actually costs $265 to serve that child. At our outing 64 children were sponsored by our dinner guests raising an incredible $16,960!
I am so proud of my friends and partners who helped sponsor me in this great event! I encourage you all to get active and involved in your community. It feels good to give back!