On Monday, September 11th, the 2017 OhioGuidestone Golf & Club Classicraised a record-breaking $205,000 to benefit local nonprofit OhioGuidestone. Sponsored by Blue Technologies, funds from the event will go toward programs and services that support more than 30,000 children and families in need throughout Northeast Ohio.
The day began with a golf tournament on the beautiful grounds of Columbia Hills Country Club, followed by a fast-paced, live auction dinner. In addition to donated items, OhioGuidestone auctioned off Assistance Packages – which will be used to provide food, shelter and clothing for poverty-stricken families in emergency situations.
“It’s an awesome day of fun,” says Arian May, giving coordinator at OhioGuidestone. “But at the end of the day, it’s about the spirit of generosity of the people attending, all coming together in one room to support our clients.
The kids and the families that we serve are overcoming so many obstacles to success, and our goal is to remove those obstacles. (The gold outing) funds help us continue to break the cycle of poverty in the state of Ohio … through the awesome programming that we have.”
OhioGuidestone offers more than 40 programs and services, including behavioral health treatment services, skill building programs and prevention opportunities. Headquartered in Berea – where it got its start 150 years ago as the German Methodist Orphan Asylum – OhioGuidestone has since expanded to 13 offices in seven Ohio counties.
“We want to see this organization continue to grow the reach of its critical services, and see (the golf outing) break more records to help reach that goal in years to come,” says Beth Palamara, director of communications at Blue Technologies and longtime event participant.
“The day is just effortless and fun as we surround ourselves with other people who believe in the organization. It’s so tied to the end result of the children, and that’s why we are there and continue to support OhioGuidestone.”