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Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers received strong support at its 21st annual golf outing and has set a fundraising record for the event.

The Interfaith Golf FUNdraiser, held June 15 at Skyline Golf Course, raised more than $8,600, which exceeded last year’s record-setting amount. The golf outing has drawn in nearly $120,000 for Interfaith throughout its tenure.

“It was a spectacular day for golf at the beautiful Skyline Golf Course,” said Lori Chown, Interfaith’s program director. “Each year, we try to make it a really fun day for the teams, but it is honestly the teams that make it so much fun.

“It’s wonderful to see so many people come out to help Interfaith help others in our community.”

Interfaith, a non-denominational faith-based organization, offers volunteer opportunities that assist older adults and people with disabilities improve their quality of life and remain independent through a variety of programs.

The golf outing is a key fundraiser for the organization, which has an annual budget of just more than $85,000. It’s especially needed as Interfaith adds services, including the Time for You Respite Program, which assists individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

“We need community support and events like this more than ever,” Chown said.

The event, annually sponsored by Co-op Credit Union, drew 21 golf teams this year participating in an 18-hole scramble. Both teams and hole sponsors contribute to the event’s success and support its ability to raise money for Interfaith.

“We’re a proud supporter and partner of Interfaith,” said Tim Tranberg, CCU’s executive vice president lending, who helps coordinate the golf outing. “They do such important work in and for our communities, and the golf outing helps them fulfill their mission of service.”

The Global Finishing team of Chelsey Meinking, Ben Kinzel, Kendall Faanes and Adam Heuer won the mixed team division for the second year in a row, Hattie’s Team of Sheila Corbine, Laurie Schilling, Katie Funmaker and Kelly Funmaker won the ladies’ division and the Skyline and Friends team of Gerry Calihan, Lance Ott, Chris Olson and Tom Crowley won the men’s.

The event gave out several prizes, conducted raffles and again included a “photo booth,” this year coordinated by local resident and photographer Dave Meyer, for golf teams to dress up in fun costumes and commemorate the day.

For more information on Interfaith, its services or to become a volunteer, please call (715) 284-7058.


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