There is still time for participants to register for the Coon Rapids Lions Club fourth annual spring classic golf tournament and dinner at the Bunker Hills Golf Course Sunday, June 10.
This event will begin with an 11:30 a.m. tee off. After the golfing is completed, participants and supporters of the club’s Lions for Literacy campaign will adjourn to The Harvest Grill restaurant for a silent auction and awards dinner.
All proceeds from the tournament and dinner will go towards the nine Books for Bango events the club hosts at the local elementary schools each year.
The club provides the funds for the new, age-appropriate books that are purchased by the PTO groups or school activity coordinators at each school.
These books are then distributed to the students by playing a game of bango the Lions host during the school day for each class.
According to Lyle Goff, golf tournament co-chairperson, the result of this game is that every child at the schools will receive at least one new book each year for them to keep as their own.
Over the years this program has been in place, the Coon Rapids Lions Club has distributed tens of thousands of free books to the students in our community schools, Goff said.
“By improving the life of a student by encouraging them to read, the Lions know this program will ultimately make our community a better place to live,” he said.
In addition, the tournament and dinner also gives club members another opportunity to mix and mingle in their community, Goff said.
“The club is hoping the community will get involved in the golf tournament to help support literacy in our schools and our community,” he said.
“The Lions are always looking for ways to help out the community and the support of this long-standing youth-oriented activity is just one of the ways it tries to help.”
According to Goff, the club is currently looking for sponsorships, auction items and attendees for the spring classic.
“Local businesses and companies are being asked to help make this an exciting and successful golf tournament by providing support in the form of cash donations, gift items, gift certificates or other forms of financial support,” Goff said.
“Persons interested in participating in the golf tournament or attending the awards dinner are being sought by the Coon Rapids Lions Club as well.”
Details on how to sign up as a sponsor or as a participant can be found on the Coon Rapids Lions website (www.coonrapidslions.org).
For more information about the golf tournament, contact golf tournament co-chairperson Lori Anderson at 763-422-6885 or by e-mailing golf@CoonRapidsLions.org.