The 5th annual 100th G.R.E.E.N. Marathon (Golfers Rallying to Erase the Effects of Neglect) is set to tee off at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at The Old Brickyard golf course in Ferris.

The marathon consists of each golfer playing 100 holes of golf in a 24-hour period. Three meals will be served throughout the day as well as opportunities to purchase beverages and snacks while on the course.

With the tournament kickoff date right around the corner, Event Coordinator Leroy Fenton said there is still time for golfers to be a part of the marathon.  

“I know this sounds like like a difficult task, a 100 holes in a day, but it can be accomplished,” Fenton said. “However, this tournament is not for the golfer who is more concerned about his score. This event is about helping the children in our county, and having fun while doing it.”

Golfers wanting to participate are encouraged to solicit pledges from friends, businesses and coworkers. Fenton said a golfer must raise a minimum of $300, but are encouraged to raise at least $1,000 to benefit three organizations that help support abused and neglected children in Ellis County.

“There is still time to pick up the fundraising packet and raise some money,” he said. “The more golfers who get involved, the more money we can provide to the children.”

He said they want to take care of the children in Ellis County and give them an opportunity to succeed. Without the necessary funding, that will be impossible to do.”

He added that if children don’t find a safe and secure place that encourages success they tend to duplicate what their parents have done.

“When Child Protective Services removes a child from the home, they only take the child,” he said. “We help provide the things they will need to ensure safety, security and success. That includes beds, car seats, bedding, clothes, diapers and other necessities.”

The previous four marathons have brought in approximately $200,000 to organizations aiding abused and neglected children. The marathon management team is hoping to raise $75,000, with distribution made equally to The Rainbow Room, the Ellis County Child Welfare Board and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ellis County. Fenton said The Rainbow Room provides food, clothing, formula, diapers, bedding and other necessities to small children removed from their care givers. They provide similar services to underserved and needy families.

“The Ellis County Child Welfare Board supports the foster children of the county with emergency needs and clothing supplements,” he said. “Essential support is given to the CPS for drug testing, training conferences and medical and educational needs for children and families.”

He said the money raised from the marathon will also help them fund training of volunteers who spend many hours with an abused child and family in order to better represent those children in court for adjudicated placement through CASA.

Fenton said, “safe children is our passion, good citizenship is our goal, educating the community is our vision and creating the ultimate golf event is our commitment.”

He said they are funding resources to ensure children for success, and are still in need of sponsorships. To sponsor a hole requires a financial commitment of $150-499 and includes a hole sign on a tee box, recognition in news releases to local media distributed to golfers and volunteers, including the 2014 promotion piece. For those interested in becoming a bronze sponsor, it requires a financial commitment of $500-999 and includes hole signs on three tee boxes, recognition in news releases to local media distributed to golfers and volunteers, including the 2014 promotion piece. For individuals or businesses interested in becoming a silver sponsor requires a financial commitment of $1,000-1,999 and includes a two-feet by four-feet banner inside or outside the clubhouse, hole signs on two tee boxes and recognition in news releases to local media distributed to golfers and volunteers, including the 2014 promotion piece. A gold sponsorship requires a financial commitment of $2,000-2,999 and includes a large two-feet by six-feet banner inside or near the entrance of the clubhouse, hole signs on four tee boxes and recognition in news releases to local media distributed to golfers and volunteers, including the 2014 promotion piece. A diamond sponsorship requires a financial commitment of $3,000-4,999 and includes a large three-feet by eight-feet banner inside or near the entrance of the clubhouse, hole signs on six tee boxes and recognition in news releases to local media distributed to golfers and volunteers, including the 2014 promotion piece. A capital sponsorship requires a financial commitment of $5,000-10,000 and includes recognition on the golf course, by being escorted around to meet with all golfers and volunteers, a three-feet by eight-feet banner inside the clubhouse, recognition in news releases to local media distributed to golfers and volunteers, including the 2014 promotion piece.

To participate as a golfer or sponsor, contact Leroy Fenton at 214-676-4486.

 

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