Terri Medlock, executive director of the Pregnancy Care Center, said that the 2005 donation her agency received as part of the TexasBank Golf Classic Drive To $100,000 left her speechless.
“We really didn’t have a reaction, just silence. We had no idea at all of the amount of money. We just cried. It was amazing,” she said.
After the success of the 2005 kickoff, it seemed daunting to think about setting the bar even higher in 2006. But that is exactly what TexasBank Golf Charities set out to do. At the 2006 Golf Classic sponsors’ dinner last June, the bank handed out $40,000 in donations to three local charities, doubling the previous year’s amount.
That leaves the question — what will happen in 2007? Tournament sponsors and five area charities will find out Friday night when the TexasBank Golf Classic officially kicks off with the annual reception and check presentation.
“This whole drive was started to help raise additional money for various charities in our two communities (Brownwood and Stephenville),” TexasBank CEO C. Norman Tinkler said last year.
“Our goal was to raise $100,000 in four years concluding in June 2008. We have had a tremendous start in our first two years with $60,000 raised and contributed to local charities,” he said during preparations for this year’s golf tournament and fund-raising drive.
For the past two years the drive has benefited three charities, two in Brownwood and one in Stephenville, both areas where the bank has locations. This year the list was expanded to five charities including the Pregnancy Care Center, Pearl Griffin Memorial Latch Key and Brown County Boys and Girls Club, all in Brownwood; and in Stephenville the Cross Timbers Pregnancy Care Center and Cross Timbers Family Services.
“When we choose the charities each year, several of us from the bank first identify local organizations that are assisting youth and young adults. We look for groups that work with young people and help them see they have to be accountable and responsible for their actions. Then we actually visit with the executive director, make a site visit and see how they interact with their clients. We look at what resources they have, and what their needs are,” Tinkler said.
According to Medlock, the Pregnancy Care Center is dedicated to educating men and women about pregnancy, sexual health and becoming productive citizens. The center offers confidential counseling and a variety of other services which include free pregnancy tests, pre-natal vitamins, physician referrals, post-delivery support and baby-care classes. It is a non-profit organization that helps women with unplanned pregnancies make practical life choices for themselves and their unborn child.
The Pearl Griffin Memorial Latch Key Program is a community program headquartered at First Christian Church that serves income-eligible families whose parents’ work schedules mean their children would otherwise be left at home without supervision when school dismisses. Youngsters enjoy educational activities, study time, a snack and other activities. The program began at Union Presbyterian Church, where Pearl Griffin was a leader in the Christian education of young people.
The Brown County Boys and Girls Club was founded in the mid-1990s to provide young people in Brown County the advantages of an after-school and summer program that has proven successful throughout the United States. Initially housed at Old Lions Gym, it moved to the former campus of South Elementary School last summer after obtaining a long-term lease for the property from the Brownwood Independent School District.
“One of the things we look for is charities or organizations that sometimes fly under the radar. Groups like the Pregnancy Care Center and Pearl Griffin Memorial Latch Key are not that visible to the public — although the Boys and Girls Club receives a lot of publicity for the work they are doing with youth,” Tinkler said.
The Drive to $100,000 began in January and will continue through this weekend’s Golf Classic. Donations to the Drive To $100,000 are still being accepted at any TexasBank location in Brownwood, Bangs, Stephenville or Dublin.