The Boys and Girls Club of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation held their 20th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament at the Firekeeper Golf Course on Wednesday, August 24, 2022. The Royal Valley Singers and Dancers kicked off the tournament with a performance near the clubhouse. After all the participants were registered, the teams dispersed to begin play.
The tournament had an excellent turnout with 33 teams of four in attendance. There were also many vendors participating and a record number of sponsors. Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Nathan Hale said, “I have a feeling this is probably going to be our highest income one. We usually average around 25 to 30,000 after expenses, and the best we’ve ever done was 33,000. I think we’re going to be probably at 50,000 this year.”
All funds raised from the event will go towards supporting the Boys and Girls Club’s youth programming for activities, cultural enrichment, and educational support. In addition to the golf tournament, the fundraising event included a raffle, a banquet, and—as a new edition this year—a bingo game.
The tournament fundraiser has grown immensely since the first years it was held. Before the opening of Firekeeper Golf Course in 2011, the fundraising event was held in Topeka or Lawrence. Since then, there has been a high degree of continuity between the tournaments, with many teams returning each year.
It is the main tournament hosted by the Boys and Girls Club, with a second tournament in October that is geared more toward the local community and raises funds for the Boys and Girls Club’s teen programs, including monthly activities, senior trips, and the UNITY youth group.