Volunteers run successful fire/rescue golf tourney

Contributed by Judy Fish

The Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire & Rescue Auxiliary raised more than $9,500 at the 43rd Annual Lake Monticello Fire & Rescue Golf Tournament June 18, said tourney chair Carole Lissy. She said 112 golfers pre-registered to play at the Lake Monticello Golf Course on that beautiful Saturday, enjoying temps in the low ‘80s. 

“The money raised from the tournament will support the operation of emergency services, training and help purchase such things as fuel, oxygen, medical supplies, personal protective clothing, etc.,” said Lissy. 

Lissy partnered with Auxiliary member Chris Sherman, who spearheaded fundraising, and Auxiliary Vice President Diane Moore in planning this year’s successful tournament. “We will make it even more successful next year,” Lissy said, while presenting a check this week to the chiefs of the Lake Monticello volunteer fire, rescue and water rescue teams.

“We were extremely fortunate to have area businesses once again support our efforts with generous donations,” Lissy said. “Mailbox Express and Wahoo BBQ were our platinum $1,000 donors, area local dentist Dr. Leo Scholl and Fortress Foundation Solutions were gold sponsors at $500 and European Stone Concepts sponsored $250. Additional money was raised through hole sponsorships by 30 local businesses and 12 individuals who donated to sponsor a specific hole of the golf course in memory of a loved one or in celebration of a special event.” 

The Graphic Garage—a full-service sign company—created “the excellent signs” that were displayed around the golf course and at the sponsored holes, Lissy said. 

She said golfers were met at the course with a lineup of emergency equipment from the fire, rescue and water rescue team members. 

During registration golfers enjoyed sausage and egg biscuits and coffee, while the new 7-11 at Zion Crossroads provided fresh-baked cookies, Lissy said. “Food Lion generously donated cases of water that were made available and much-needed by the golfers,” she added.

The format of the competition was an 18-hole shotgun event where golfers were assigned a hole to start the event at 8 a.m. The tee offs started with the blasting of the horns from the fire and rescue equipment. During play, teams were able to monitor their scores on the leader board using the Lake Monticello App for live scoring. 

This tournament was open to women, men and mixed teams, as well as individual golfers who were assigned a team, Lissy said. Prizes were awarded to the longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt and winning teams were also recognized at the buffet luncheon. Lunch of hamburgers, grilled chicken breasts, green salad, orzo vegetable salad and watermelon with brownies for dessert was prepared by Indigo.

Lissy said that the Auxiliary welcomes new members. “It’s a terrific way to support our fire and rescue volunteers,” she said. For more information about joining the Auxiliary, contact Diane Moore at dmoore46lk@gmail.com.

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