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Poland Rotary hosts annual Golf Classic

Friday, March 8, 2019

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Poland Rotary members gathered at Bedford Trails March 2 for their annual Golf Classic fundraiser.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Community members played cornhole at Bedford Trails March 2 for the Poland Rotary's annual Golf Classic.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .The Poland Rotary hosted a Chinese Auction at their annual Golf Classic March 2 at Bedford Trails.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .A variety of donated goods were available through the Chinese auction hosted by the Poland Rotary during the annual Golf Classic March 2.

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Neighbors | Submitted.While waiting to golf, community members played corn hole at Bedford Trails for the annual Golf Classic hosted by the Poland Rotary.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

The Poland Rotary hosted its 34th annual Golf Classic on March 2 at Bedford Trails golf course.

According to event chairperson Mary Ann Carano the event is in conjunction with the Night at the Races event, hosted in late January.

“The proceeds from both events are combined, and donated to 20 charities,” Carano said.

During the event community members pay $25 to participate.

Carano said the cover cost allows for nine holes of golf, food and alcoholic beverages.

“It’s a very causal kind of day,” Carano said. “People are kind of itching to go golfing again.”

Along with golfing, the rotary offers corn hole for people to play as they wait to golf.

The rotary also hosts a Chinese auction, with a range of prizes donated by local businesses.

“There’s no real agenda that anyone has to stick around for, it’s just a fun event for people who want to get back into golfing,” Carano said.

She explained that the event has been hosted at a number of locations in the past, but landed at Bedford Trails because the owner, Andrew Grischow, is also a Poland Rotary member.

Throughout the 34 years, Carano said the event has seen a range of weather, including blizzard like conditions, but no matter what the event still goes on.

“They love to come when it snows,” Carano said. “Most of them prefer the snow because its something different.”

When it snows, community members are given bright orange balls to help them not get lost in the snow.

“It’s just about everybody getting together, including the rotarians, and just come out for the day,” Carano said.

Last year the rotary collected $30 thousand donated to a number of charities.

The proceeds are split between the charities that apply for the money, the deadline of which is Oct. 1.

“The only requirement is they have to be a 5o1c3,” Carano said. “Pretty much anyone that applied got it this year, we don’t know how to say no to anyone because they all have such good causes.”

To apply for the donation, visit www.PolandRotary.org.