On-line registration is now being accepted for the Fowler Bonan Foundation’s 14th annual “Clothes for SI Kids” youth golf event at http://www.fowlerbonanfoundation.com./
The event is free of any charge again this year, and is open to children ages 4-18. It’s set for Friday, July 15 at Shawnee Hills Country Club in Harrisburg. “Tee times” will be assigned, and will begin at 8:30 am and later.
The event offers fun for children that have never played golf, as well as for more experienced golfers, according to information released by the foundation. The emphasis is on fun, and all participants receive free golf, an award, tee shirt, and lunch.
Foundation co-founder Dale Fowler originated the event some years ago, which now has become the foundation’s major summer fundraiser to clothe under-privileged kids throughout southern Illinois. This year’s goal is to raise $50,000 in donations and sponsorships.
Fowler’s motivation to help clothe children stemmed from a recurring childhood recollection, in rural Eldorado, of two particular children, both poor and wearing tattered clothing, being treated differently by other kids at school just because of the way they looked. Years later Fowler decided to make a difference.
“People throughout southern Illinois see and hear about the difference we are making in the lives of children,” foundation executive director Kerry Camp said. “Last year we assisted 645 children, in seventeen southern Illinois counties, with all-new wardrobes – and all free of any charge.”
The program operates via a referral system from schools, health departments and social service agencies. Most often, Camp said, those same school and agency representatives assist the foundation by volunteering to assist with the clothes shopping.
“We provide the framework, and resources, that put new and decent clothing on the backs of deserving children. We hear over and over what a difference it makes in the confidence and self-esteem of the children we serve,” Camp said. “That’s why we do what we do.”
For more information, and to register for the events, simply visit http://www.fowlerbonanfoundation.com./ For questions, call the foundation at 618-231-3904.
Sponsorship donations may be mailed to Fowler-Bonan Foundation, PO Box 848, Harrisburg, IL 62946. Many area businesses have received sponsorship information by mail; those needing more information may also call 618-231-3904. The Foundation is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization thus donations are tax-deductible