Troop Box Ministries to host golf outing

March 12th, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

A golf outing to benefit Troop Box Ministries is being planned for Saturday, May 8. Proceeds from the event will help cover the cost of letters, cards and monthly boxes sent to American troops serving overseas.

The scramble will take place 1 p.m. at Cedar Trace Golf Club located on Newtonsville-Hutchinson Road in Owensville and is open to golfers and non-golfers.

Organizer of the event, Jack Sinkking, says the $60 fee for the event will cover greens fees, a golf cart and lunch.

"For those who don't golf, but want to participate, a $10 fee will cover the cost of lunch only. Come out and cheer us on. We are also looking for those who would like to sponsor a hole. The event is limited to 144 people and everyone who wants to play should register by Friday, April 30," said Sinkking. "During lunch, we will be taking a photo of all those who participate to send off to our troops."

According to Sinkking, there will be contests for the closest to the pin on holes five and 17 and a split the pot. There will also be winners selected for the straightest drive on number 9, the longest putt on number 13 and a skins game.

Troop Box Ministries was organized by Diana Lawrence and her sister, Jean Johnston in 2001. Located in Hamersville, the group is made up solely of volunteers who meet once or twice each month to box up and send packages to area military personnel serving over seas. The boxes are filled with donated personal care items and food which is donated and purchased from monetary donations.

"The golf outing has raised $20,000 and allowed us to continue to send out care packages over the last few years," said Lawrence. "The cost of postage has increased several times since we started and the golf outings really push us ahead enough so as not to worry from month to month about the $800 postage costs. We do average about 70 boxes a month. Some months more and some less. We hold fund-raisers about twice a year to keep us going."

Lunch will be served at noon with a 1 p.m. tee time.

To register for the event, contact Jack Sinkking at (513) 724-3745 or (513) 543-8738.
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