RED OAK — Red Oak ISD Education Foundation will host its annual partnership challenge golf tournament from 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Thorntree Country Club.

“This is our largest fundraiser every year and benefits innovative teaching grants for Red Oak ISD teachers at every campus,” Executive director Karen Anderson said. “We’re expecting a turnout of about 120 golfers this year.”

Registration for the tournament opens at 11 a.m. with lunch served at 11:30 a.m. The golf tournament is a 4-man scramble format with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner and an awards ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m. Atmos Energy is catering fajitas for lunch and Thorntree Country Club is catering an Italian dinner.

“We have a really classy tournament,” Treasurer Alfred Vega said. “We give out a lot of high quality golf equipment door prizes for raffles, contests and drawings.”

Some of this year’s featured prizes include Callaway Diablo Edge Tour drivers, Kodak Play Sport cameras, iTunes speakers and private golf lessons.

“What’s great about the Education Foundation golf tournament is you don’t have to be the best player to win prizes,” Vega said. “We spread out prizes, so not just the winning teams get prizes.”

Prizes are awarded to first, second, third, ninth and 18th place teams.

Some of the prizes to be won include golf bags, high-end golf equipment, golf apparel, a golf cart heater, digital range finder, custom-made wedges and cart bags.

“The Education Foundation is different from other organizations, because donators will see the results of their donation in action within 12 months,” Vega said. “There is no ambiguity about where your money goes, because you can see the prize patrol present the grant check to a teacher.”

According to Anderson, the Education Foundation awards 14-20 grants a year depending on donations and grant submissions. These grants are awarded to teachers in a Publisher’s Clearing House style of presentation with the cheer squad and band in tow.

“We’ve given $325,000 in grants to teachers since 2003,” Anderson said.

The ROISD Education Foundation was established in 2002 as a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing educational programs for both students and staff. Its mission is to generate and distribute resources for innovative programs and projects that enhance the quality of education and provide students with opportunities they may not otherwise experience.

For more information about the golf tournament or to register online, visit www.PartnershipChallenge.golfreg.com or call Karen Anderson at 972-617-4320. For more information about Red Oak ISD Education Foundation, visit www.RedOakISDFoundation.org

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