Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County golf outing raises $35,000
By Anthony D. Alonzo Post-Tribune correspondent July 17, 2013 10:38PM
Updated: August 19, 2013 4:04PM
After days of rain, the sunshine on July 11 was a welcomed sight as 144 golfers stepped up to tee off at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s 33rd annual golf outing.
Held at Forest Park Golf Course in Valparaiso, the sold-out outing was the organization’s most successful to date, raising nearly $35,000.
Funds raised at the event will be used to provide year-round development programs and activities for more than 4,800 youths in kindergarten to 12th grade at Clubs located in Portage, Chesterton, Valparaiso and South Haven, as well as nine KidStop sites. M.E. Simpson, Co., Inc., and Redd’s Apple Ale were recognized as top sponsors.
For more information about membership, volunteer opportunities, or to make a tax-deductible donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, call 464-7282 or visit bgcpoco.org.
Valpo Parks offersings: Valparaiso Parks recently announced a variety of summer and fall activities as well as facilities rental opportunities on its web site, valpoparks.org.
Among the first parks department activities to offer sign-ups, the fall baseball league for youths ages 7 to 12 continues with open registration. The program is composed of rookie, major and minor leagues. Play runs from Aug. 24 to Sept. 28 with weekday and Saturday games.
Fees are $60 for Valparaiso residents and $72 for non-residents.
The third annual Valpo Night Ride is set for 11 p.m. on Aug. 24. A 15-mile bicycle ride, the event kicks off at Fairgrounds Park and allows participants to ride around the city at their own pace.
Mid-ride snacks will be available at Central Park Plaza and an after-ride party will be hosted at the Pavilion.
The registration fee is $30 through Aug. 9 and $40 through Aug. 24.
Registration is available online for most programs, in person at the parks office at 3210 N. Campbell St., or by phone at 462-5144.
Disc golf championships: The region will be the crossroads for some of the world’s best disc golfers in August when the Professional Disc Golf Association brings its world championships to Lemon Lake County Park and Hidden Lake in Ross Township.
From Aug. 5 to 10 the PDGA will host the championships at the two Lake County locations with the finals being played at Lemon Lake on Aug. 10. An estimated 370 competitors from as many as 10 nations are expected to converge on the sites.
Tournament coordinators encourage people to come enjoy the competition.
Admission fees for spectators will be posted at the two sites. For more information, call 769-7275 or visit lakecountyparks.com. To follow the tournament online, visit pdga.com.
Vintage base ball: On Aug. 11, the Deep River Grinders vintage base ball team will take the Shriners International organization.
“We are involved in this fundraising effort because the child of one of our players is the (beneficiary) of the Shriners Hospitals’ medical care and expertise,” said Jim Basala, Grinders founder and game umpire.
“His health brings the Shriners mission near and dear to our hearts.”
“Play ball!” will be heard at 2 p.m. on the at the field in Deep River County Park (9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart). Donations collected by the players and volunteers and the money generated by the sale of sarsaparilla will be donated to Shriners Hospitals.
“We hope our cranks (fans in historic parlance) will fill the sidelines and help us in supporting this worthy cause,” Basala said.
For a complete Deep River Grinders schedule, visit LakeCountyParks.com and click on the Grinders homepage photo.