Golfers enjoyed a day of free golf at Swinomish Golf Links on July 11, as part of their Community Golf Day, which raised a total of $5,908 for 20 local charities.
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community hosted this event following a recent act of vandalism at Swinomish Golf Links last May, which caused extensive damage to the greens. Since then, each of the 16 damaged holes at the golf course have been repaired. The event marked the course’s reopening to the public following the damage and repairs.
“Our primary objective was to let the community know how appreciative we are of all the support we’ve received,” said Swinomish Golf Links representative Dallas Widmark. “We finished the repairs, but, more importantly, we showed that no senseless act of vandalism is going to deter us from continuing our commitment to Skagit County and the people of Washington.”
Golfers weren’t charged green fees, but there were plenty of opportunities for people to support the charities. Each charity was stationed at one of the 18 holes, where golfers could donate directly to a cause of their choice. Golfers could also purchase raffle tickets or pay to participate in chipping and putting contests, which were held on a new 10,000-square-foot practice green.
Following the event, Wade Iacolucci, director of golf, presented each of the charities with a check. Swinomish Golf Links raised $2,757, which included money earned from golf cart rentals and driving range fees, in addition to the raffle and contest funds. In total, the charities raised another $3,151 from direct donations.
“We’re incredibly glad we participated,” said Chris Moriarity, executive director of the Million Waves Project, one of the 20 charities involved. “We’ve raised enough money to help close to a dozen kids because of today. That’s meaningful.”
Other charities included Fidalgo Island Rotary, the Anacortes Schools Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and John L. Scott with Food to Go Anacortes.
Check out this recap of the charities receiving their donation checks.