“Our annual golf outing raises funds so that we can send persons – both children and adults who are sight and hearing impaired – to camp for free,” said Stan Poplonski of the Bloomingdale Lions Club.
It costs $525 to send one person to the Lions of Illinois Foundation Camp. “Our goal is to help as many people as possible,” said Poplonski.
“To do this, we raise funds,” he said. “Then, we give all of it – 100 percent – back to the community. Last year, we raised more than $20,000. With those funds, we supported more than 25 local charities.”
The annual golf outing is one of the ways the club raises funds. It also happens to be the club’s biggest event of the year. In case you were unaware, the annual golf outing isn’t a members-only event. It’s open to the public.
The golf outing begins this year at 11:30 a.m. on Thurs., July 29 at the Bloomingdale Golf Club located at 181 Glen Ellyn Road. One of the larger lunch sponsors is Fifth Third Bank of Bloomingdale.
After lunch, golfers can participate in a putting contest. The winner will receive a cash prize.
At 1 p.m., there will be a shotgun start. Greens fees for 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, a free beverage cart sponsored by Cesar’s Sports Bar and Grill of Bloomingdale and dinner are all included.
Throughout the course, golfers will have the opportunity to win cold hard cash. There will be cash prizes for the golfer who:
• Hits the ball closest to the pin;
• Has the longest drive;
• Has the most accurate drive;
• Has the best overall score.
And then, there’s the hole-in-one opportunity. Once again, Joe Cotton Ford of Carol Stream is providing a car lease for every golfer who hits a hole-in-one on their designated hole.
“We’re lucky to have plenty of support from the community,” said Poplonski. “We have many hole sponsors. We also have $4,000 in raffle prizes.”
The raffle prizes will be presented during the dinner of roast pig, chicken, and ribs. Raffle prizes provide even the “I golf only once a year” golfers with the chance to take home:
• A certified Bobby Hull jersey valued at $700;
• A football signed by Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould;
• A 39” flat screen television;
• An Android Intellpad;
• Tickets to a Chicago Cubs game;
• Tickets to the Schaumburg Boomers;
• $850 in gift certificates from 35 local retailers.
All of the prizes have been donated according to Poplonski.
“We’re expecting a good turn-out of golfers this year,” he said. “We’re hoping for good weather.”
Reservations are still available. The cost is $125 per golfer.
“I invite everyone to attend this event,” he said. “It’s a chance to enjoy a great round of golf with your friends while helping people in need.”
To make a reservation for an individual or a foursome or to join the Bloomingdale Lions Club, contact Stan Poplonski at: email@example.com or call him at 630-461-1283.