A few changes are coming to the Family Service Center’s Annual Golf Fundraiser which will now be a Shot-Gun Start Golf Scramble.

Instead of the Annual 100 Holes for 100 Families, which typically featured 20 golfers raising $1,000 each, FSC Financial Service Officer Jessica Willey announced this year’s event will change to a tournament format and focus on having 18 teams of four with a shotgun start for maximum participation.

“When we began planning this year’s event we reached out to people that had participated before, people that had made donations before on behalf of golfers, friends at the chamber, people with experience running fundraisers, others with experience with non-profits, golfers; we essentially worked on getting input from all angles as to what worked, what didn’t work and ways we could improve moving forward.”

Willey said the feedback she received often came with suggestions to hold a standard golf tournament, shift away from the golfers raising funds for the program and changing the date of the golf tournament to early May. “Basically, we created a wish list,” Willey said. “… We’re going to try to make that wish list happen. We’re having it at the Hideout this year. It’s going to be one event, one location, one day. We’re just test running it and hopefully it will go really well.”

Willey made the announcement during Wednesday’s volunteer drive, which sought 

volunteers to help distribute tournament posters, event brochures & FSC service brochures throughout the nine counties the FSC serves.

“We have a lot of area to cover,” Willey said. “Whether it’s Brownwood, Early, or elsewhere; wherever there are a lot of businesses & people - we would like to have information about our upcoming event & about our services. Primarily we would like to start by getting information out on the main streets, at businesses that have a lot of traffic. Churches, schools, gas stations or grocery stores, anyplace that gets a lot of traffic or is visible, we would like to have info there.”

The FSC currently provides services in Brown, Callahan, Comanche, Coleman, Eastland, Mills, McCulloch & San Saba Counties. The FSC has a State grant and other funds in place; much of which is provided for specific services & related expenses. Funds raised by the event help with other areas not covered by existing funding.

“The primary grant specifies how it’s used; which is for our Parenting classes, supplies, and so forth. We have other services we provide, anger management and counseling being just a few of them. We provide those services at a minimal cost, so that they aren’t cost prohibitive. We don’t want someone to not come in and take advantage of services for financial reasons.”

Willey said the golf tournament has traditionally been the FSC’ primary local fundraising event and hopes the new changes will help optimize the proceeds generated.

“Given that we have done the golf fundraiser for 6 years & are nearing the end of this budget year, I wanted to make sure we did the event this year as well and it is really coming together. The funds raised will help us to finish our year strong, providing services & classes where they are needed … We have 34 or so golfers, but we’re shooting for 72 to 100,” Willey said.

The Seventh Annual FSC Charity Golf Tournament tees off 9 a.m. Saturday, May 12th. The range and registration open at 7:30 a.m., followed by an 8:45 a.m. welcome and reading of the rules and announcements; Shot Gun Start at 9:00 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. Lunch/Scoring Party/Awards. The $100 Golfer Registration Fee includes green fees & cart rental. Breakfast & Lunch will be provided as well a Golfer Goodie Bags. For more information, contact Willey at (325) 646-5939 or email her at fsc@familysc.net.

Since the event is now a tournament, the related expenses are higher. We have been very blessed to have many local businesses and individuals help us out through sponsorships & donations. We have 4 Event Sponsors which are TXR Railway, Jacobs Pharmacy/Weakley Watson Ace Hardware, Andy’s Pest Troopers & Kohler Co. Coleman County Telephone Cooperative is our Hole-In-1 Sponsor. Stanley Dodge, the Brownwood Kiwanis Club & Haynes Law Firm are the Meal Sponsors helping out with the cost of lunch. Landmark Life Insurance & Matt Williams/State Farm Insurance are sponsoring the Golfer Goodie Bags. The Hideout is donating breakfast. Willie’s T’s is helping out with our printwork & ASAP Awards is helping out with our Trophies. Rex Tackett is donating air time to help us get the word out. And the list goes on. Andy’s Pest Troopers & Lamar Advertising have taken our flyers our to Brady, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Mills & San Saba. The support we have had and continue to have is truly humbling & is truly a blessing beyond words.