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A unique golf experience

Adaptability and flexibility have been two important traits during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that has extended to Places for People’s longest-running fund raiser.

Originally, Friday, September 11, was scheduled to be the 18th Annual Places for People Golf Tournament at The Missouri Bluffs Golf Club. With large gatherings still a concern, the tournament made a transition this summer.

“I think like a lot of things this year planning around COVID-19 has been kind of an adventure,” Places for People Board Member Andrea Patton said. Patton is this year’s Golf Committee Chair. “We had to get creative on the committee to make sure that we could still raise the same level of funds without an in-person tournament, which was a challenge. But I think the community and the sponsors and our supporters at Places for People really rallied around this fundraising opportunity and so overall, I think it will still be a success.”

The committee developed the “Golf-On-Your-Own Golf Tournament.”

In partnership with The Missouri Bluffs Golf Club, anyone who purchases an individual registration for $150 can receive a voucher for a round of golf at Missouri Bluffs for any weekday (anytime) or weekend (after noon). The voucher is valid for the next year.

Additionally, the committee assembled a strong lineup of drawing items to help raise money to support Places for People’s mission. The five drawings include a Colorado Vacation, a 50/50, a round of golf at Algonquin Golf Club with PFP Board Member Kevin Kissling, the ultimate stock-your-bar basket, and swag and a guitar signed by three rising stars on the Country music scene.

Entry tickets can be purchased until 6 p.m. on September 11. The winners will be announced on the Places for People Facebook page at 7 p.m.

“I think the biggest challenges are just that this is kind of the unknown,” Patton said. “This is the 18th year for the Places for People golf tournament, and so we were kind of in a groove with how this would go over every year … we’ve had to get creative with a virtual tournament.”

When the tournament changed formats, none of the committed sponsors changed their level of participation. “I think the fact that none of the sponsors really batted an eye at continuing to support us this year, even though we’ve gone virtual, shows that they really believe in the mission of Places for People and the services that Places for People provides, and they really understand how important Places for People is for the community,” Patton said.

The committee includes Patton, Susan Bandi, Sarah Konecek, and Jeanne Patton.

If you would like to participate in this unique event, you can enter our drawings until 6 p.m. on Friday, September 11. See all of the details on our Golf event page.