For the fifth consecutive year, golfers teed up to support children with the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia.
It was the largest turnout the organization ever had for the Kia of LaGrange Back a Kid golf tournament, and this year there was more to celebrate. Chief Professional Officer, Bart McFadden, announced as of Wednesday, the club was a debt free organization.
“The event is symbolic of the growth and support our club has experienced in the past couple years,” he said.
The Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia currently operates two clubs, one in LaGrange and one in Hogansville. Between the two, there’s 325 kids signed up for their afterschool programs, and it costs $1,500 a year for the organization to serve one child. According to Chairperson Jeff Delaney, that’s because they make their programs so affordable for all Troup County families, just $70 for the entire school year.
“We purposely keep our dues down so it’s not a barrier,” Delaney said.
Which is one of the reasons why Thursday’s tournament at the Highlands County Club is so important.
“For some families, that $70 is challenging,” said McFadden. “But even a contribution of $25 dollars can help us with supplies and educational tools.”
It also gives kids a place to go.
“I wasn’t staying home and being bored all day,” said former Hogansville club member, Jason Price. “There were other kids there and they were friendly. I learned a lot about leadership skills and being patient.”
“We are open more than any other organization,” Delaney said. “Kids can be plugged in to many programs, cultural and physical.”
According to Delaney, all the money raised from Thursday’s golf tournament will also go to help the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia, a United Way agency, keep a sustainable revenue stream and diversified budget so the organization is not dependent on any one source.