Fourth Annual Golf Classic to be held Monday
OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation fundraising event to take place at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club for first time
A good time focused on doing good for others.
That is the message at the heart of the 2019 OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation Golf Classic — one of the organization’s key fundraisers held throughout the year.
Monday marks the fourth annual Golf Classic, which will be held at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City for the first time.
Funds raised through the tournament will go toward three area nonprofit organizations, benefitting The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools Coat-A-Kid program, a ReadOKC Little Free Library at Lee Elementary as well as the OKC Dodgers Rookie League.
“The event continues to change and morph as the Foundation has grown,” said Carol Herrick, Executive Director of the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation. “In the beginning we were trying to launch the tournament and host a great event. Now we are really focusing on the fundraising part of that. It’s great that we get to have a good time and be outside and all that, but it is about the monies raised, so that we can do good in the community.”
Registered teams of four will play 18 holes of golf at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club Monday, preceded by lunch and followed by dinner and an awards ceremony. The tournament will have a shotgun start and participants will receive gift bags and have the chance to participate in additional golf contests on the course.
A raffle and silent auction will also take place for items including a Maroon 5 signed Los Angeles Dodgers jersey, a Clayton Kershaw signed OKC hat and a Lincoln Riley signed football.
The mission of the nonprofit OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation is to impact the lives of families in the state of Oklahoma, provide educational opportunities for youth and support first responders in Oklahoma through charitable contributions and programming initiatives.
Throughout the Twin Hills golf course, each of the holes will represent a nonprofit organization recently supported by the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation.
“So as you go hole to hole you will learn about the groups that we are working with,” Herrick said. “We want that to be the focus. Go out there and have a great time and take your golf pictures and play, but feel good about spending your money while being there.”
The three organizations supported by the 2019 Golf Classic focus on children in the Oklahoma City area.
Coat-A-Kid is a program led by The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools that seeks to obtain donations from community partners to purchase hundreds of new winter coats for students in low-income families.
ReadOKC is an initiative to promote the love of reading for Oklahoma City Public Schools students and a Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” exchange located at numerous schools throughout the OKCPS district.
The OKC Dodgers Rookie League formed in 2018 to help increase youth baseball participation in the community, as well as foster an environment that emphasizes leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship. The OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation offers scholarships to assist Rookie League participants.
“All three are great kids programs,” Herrick said. “It really does showcase different ways we can support, so I am really looking forward to seeing how that all comes together.”
In addition to a new location for the tournament, team awards have been revamped for this season, with winning teams taking home engraved baseball bats coated in Dodger blue.
Herrick looks forward to seeing how the Golf Classic comes together Monday after months of planning by Foundation staff.
“I always think it is the easiest day on the job because I get to watch people have fun and just be part of that,” Herrick said. “To be able to see them having fun and translate that into real dollars for nonprofits is something that is important to me. It doesn’t get better than that, it really doesn’t.”