The 25th annual Bishop McDonald-Catholic Charities Golf Classic at Maumelle Country Club Oct. 7 ushered in both the crisp chill of fall and $38,000 toward ministries in need.
“It’s beautiful. The rain stopped on time, the sun has come up. It’s the first day of real fall,” said Patrick Gallaher, executive director Catholic Charities of Arkansas.
There were 27 teams of four, including three priests and two deacons, who played in this year’s classic. There were morning and afternoon tee times, with the four-person team entry set at $600 and $150 for individual entries.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Hot Springs Village entered six teams and the parish’s Knights of Columbus Council 10208 entered two teams. The Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus and CHI St. Vincent each entered three teams.
Money raised will go primarily to prison ministry and the Catholic Charities Summer Institute, C2SI.
“It goes to building our reserve fund,” plus to fill in any shortfalls of unexpected expenses in other areas, Gallaher said. Other services within Catholic Charities include immigration, social action and the Westside Free Medical Clinic.
About 15 organizations and individuals supported the tournament as monetary sponsors, with eight in-kind sponsors. CHI St. Vincent was the underwriter.
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