Teein off to help stop hunger

golfer Sam Snead once said, “If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they’d starve to death.”

It’s not common to equate golf and hunger, but such was the case March 13 at the Key Royale Club golf course, Holmes Beach, where the women of Key Royale Club sponsored a Putting for the Pantry golf tournament to benefit the Roser Memorial Community Church food pantry.

The nine-hole shotgun start tournament featured dozens of competitors who paid a $12 entry fee, a $5 suggested donation and purchased raffle tickets all in an effort to raise money to help local residents in need.

Local businesses pitched into the effort by sponsoring a hole for $25. According to event organizer Mary Selby, 75 women teed up to show their support for the pantry.

An additional 24 people attended the lunch, which featured cans of food — purchased by committee members as table decorations — which were “then donated to the pantry,” said Selby.

Participants received first-hand knowledge of their chosen charity from pantry manager Pam Leckie, who shared the history of the pantry and stories of those the pantry helps.

A silent auction and raffle also were held, and competitions for participants were ongoing throughout the day, with winners receiving additional prizes.

Judy Christensen won the longest-drive prize, while closest-to-the-pin winner Jeanine Lyons also won a prize. Heather Pritchard, Diane Miller and Vicki Anderson won the day’s scramble, with Phyllis Roe, Joy Kaiser, Gloria LaDue and Jean Chappell in second place.

“It was a phenomenal day for the pantry,” said Selby. “When all was said and done, more than $5,000 was donated to this most-worthy charity.”

The pantry serves Island residents who are experiencing difficult times. The pantry, is a combined effort of all the Island churches, is located at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

“The generosity of all the merchants and participants, and the extraordinary generosity of so many members of Key Royale was overwhelming,” said Selby. “It was so wonderful to see such an outpouring of love from everyone involved.”

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