Oct. 6 golf outing to benefit Feed Lucas County ChildrenWritten by Kevin Moore | | firstname.lastname@example.org
As golf enthusiasts reluctantly consider putting their clubs into storage, the 2013 Annual Don Campbell Memorial Golf Outing presents one last opportunity to squeeze in 18 holes before the weather turns all while feeding hungry children in and around Toledo. The beneficiary of this year’s outing will be Feed Lucas County Children (FLCC), a Toledo non-profit organization focused solely on eradicating child hunger in Lucas County by providing hot, nutritious meals to local children.
Campbell was a general surgeon at Toledo Hospital for nearly 40 years who died from gastric cancer in 2007. FLCC Executive Director Tony Siebeneck said Campbell was a man who loved people, loved giving back to the community and loved golf.
“A group of doctors from the hospital have decided to keep Dr. Campbell’s legacy going, and every year they hold a golf fundraiser for a community organization that is in need of financial support,” Siebeneck said.
FLCC was the beneficiary of last year’s golf outing as well.
“What impressed me last year was the caring attitude of the doctors,” Siebeneck said. “As doctors, I think preventing children from going hungry is something they can really get behind. It’s a perfect fit.” For Siebeneck and his organization’s roughly 200 volunteers, the decision to donate the proceeds from this year’s outing to FLCC could not have come at a better time.
FLCC is currently engaged in a major campaign to raise $800,000 to build a new kitchen, the first public call for aid in the organization’s 11-year history. Siebeneck and FLCC’s board of directors received word over the summer that FLCC would need to move from its current location in the Macomber Building on Monroe Street by 2014.
Despite using a model of decentralized distribution, involving 86 locations around Lucas County, the charity still relies on one large central kitchen to prepare and cook some 7,000 meals every day. Such a large operation, which has served 1.5 million meals to Lucas County children in the past ten years, will not fit in an existing food preparation facility such as a restaurant or school cafeteria.
Siebeneck and his team have spent the last several weeks raising awareness of their need and working on plans for a new home.
After an inspiring show of support from the majority of Toledo’s print, television and radio outlets to bring publicity to the issue, Siebeneck said he is starting to see some momentum building in the community.
“We’ve received some phone calls,” he said. “The community is starting to get involved. This is a tight-knit community, and kids are near and dear to their hearts. Some businesses are starting to talk to us about equipment and design. The pieces are starting to fall into place.” Siebeneck plans to announce the location of FLCC’s future home in the very near future.
The Don Campbell Memorial Golf Outing is open to the general public and will begin with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at The Legacy Golf Club in Ottawa Lake, Mich.
The cost to play in a four-person scramble is $75 per person with all proceeds benefiting FLCC. A dinner and raffle will follow. Siebeneck will attend this year’s outing in high spirits, though he admits his golf game has a “terrible handicap.”
For more information about the 2013 Annual Don Campbell Memorial Golf Outing, call Bob Ingram at (419) 539-4269 or email email@example.com.