Registration is underway for the second annual Waxahachie Senior Activity Center’s Seniors in Motion Golf Tournament.
The golf tournament will start at noon on Sept. 21 at the Waxahachie Country Club. The proceeds from the tournament will go to aid in the construction of a new fitness center for the senior center. The cost of the project is estimated at $350,000.
“We are looking forward to a great turnout. Last year, we had 128 players. This is our last big fundraiser of the year, “said Jeanee Smiles, Senior Center Director. “All the money that we raise here for the senior center this year will go to our expansion. We are still in the process of looking to expand our fitness center.”
Smiles’ goal is to raise about $70,000 from the tournament this year. Through different fundraising efforts and donations the center has already raised about $110,000 toward its goal. Smiles is looking to raise about half of the construction cost and have the city match the remaining half. She has requested a match from the city of $175,000 in the upcoming budget, which starts Oct. 1. If approved in the budge,t Smiles hopes to start construction in January.
The senior center opened in 2009 and since that time it has grown to about 1,400 members. Center members not only come from Waxahachie, but also from Ennis, Midlothian, Lancaster, DeSoto, Milford and Italy.
The current fitness room is about 750-square-feet. The fitness room was expanded in 2013 adding equipment to help seniors with disabilities and physical limitations work out. The new fitness room if built will occupy the 3,000-square-foot back patio, which will be closed in.
In January, when BaylorWorx closed its doors, Baylor Scott and White and Select Medical officials made a donation of 30 pieces of fitness equipment to the senior center. While some of the equipment is in use, much of it is in storage waiting for the new fitness center to be built.
Smiles said the need for a new fitness center is great. Since January, the center has had a 30 percent increase in membership.
Senior center member Dee DiGiacomo said the fitness center has helped keep her in shape.
“I have been working out for 49 years. So I am keeping it up in this gym,” DiGiacomo said. “There are enough free weights and enough machines that I have been able to maintain my work out.”
DiGiacomo said the fitness center also provides a place for socialization.
To take part in the tournament, players must be 18 years old or older. Registration cost is $75 per player or $250 for a team of four. Registration fees include lunch, use of a golf cart and a golfer goodie bag. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. and the tournament will start with a shotgun start at noon.
“The registration starts at 10 a.m. because we have a lot of contests going on. We have a putting contest and closes to the pin. We also have the longest drive,” Smiles said. “Of course, Carlisle Chevrolet has generously, once again, put a car up for the hole-in-one. With that hole-in-one prize, are a few other prizes on different holes that you can win like a three-night stay, a vacation away.”
Hole-in-one golfers have the chance to win a 2015 Buick Verano, Smiles said. The winner of the putting contest will receive a brand new $100 bill, and the tournament will also feature a raffle, where golfers will have the opportunity to win such prizes as gift certificates. Mulligans will also be available for purchase as well.
Several different sponsorships levels are still available for businesses to show support. These sponsorship levels range from a hole sponsorship of $100 to an ace sponsorship of $5,000. The deadline to register is Sept. 14. Registration forms and sponsorship information can be picked up at the senior center. For more information, the staff at the Senior Center can be reached at 469-309-4280. Smiles can also be reached through her email at email@example.com for questions. The senior center is located at 122 Park Hills Dr. in Waxahachie.