The 20th Spoon River College Foundation Golf Tournament was held on Friday, August 9, 2013.
The annual fundraiser has raised approximately $250,000 since 2000. This year’s outing successfully raised $18,000, which will benefit Spoon River College students and community.
The proceeds from this year’s outing will support SRC programs in three ways; in support of SRC Athletics, general scholarships and the remainder of the funds will be held in reserve and used as a portion of the financial match required by the State of Illinois for the future Canton campus multi-purpose facility.
Emily Gillett, Foundation Coordinator, says, “We are extremely grateful for the community support of the SRC Foundation’s annual event. The continued success of our tournament is due to the hard working committee members, numerous volunteers, and generous sponsors!”
Twenty-four teams signed up to play in this year’s tournament, with COUNTRY Financial team winning the first place $300 cash prize. Anthony Laesch, Mike Hills Nate Turner along with Kris Goergen were the players on the team.
Major Sponsors of the event included the following: ACE Sponsor-Corporate Clean, Inc., and Fairview Quickstop; EAGLE Sponsor-Bank of Farmington; BIRDIE Sponsor-Benefit Administrative Systems, LLC, and CEFCU.
“In addition to the major sponsors, more than 75 other businesses and individuals also contributed,” Gillett said. “We are grateful for all the levels of support we receive. The Foundation could not carry out their mission without those who support us. Next year’s outing will be August 8th, and we look forward to seeing everyone again.”
That mission is to seek resources in order to provide excellent educational opportunities to the college, and one that the SRC Foundation has been carrying out successfully for thirty years. The Foundation was officially incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in the spring of 1979 and received its 501(c)3 designation from the Internal Revenue Service later that fall.
Since 2000, the Foundation and the college have provided approximately one million dollars for scholarships and college programs, faculty research, facility and technology upgrades, and community projects. The Foundation Board of Directors works hand-in-hand with the college’s Board of Trustees and Administration to ensure that “excellent educational opportunities” are possible for ALL residents in the college’s district and beyond.