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Golfers Contribute to Katrina Fund, Others Urged

Sept. 2, 2005 – Everyone who has a television or who has read a newspaper recently knows that residents in southern United States need help after being hit by Hurricane Katrina. Organizations are appealing to residents to help them help victims of this disaster.
The management of the Buccaneer Golf Course’s has come up with a way to get money to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund.
Each weekend the course is the site of what is called a Low Net Kicker Tournament. Both Buccaneer Golf Shop and the East End Golf Club will match this weekend the $5 entry fees collected and it will all be donated to the American Red Cross. Since this weekend is a four-day weekend, participation is expected to be high.
"Having been through hurricanes ourselves, we are especially sensitive to the situation people up North are encountering as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The scope of the problems they face are so great that whatever we can do to help, we need to do," Tim Johnston, the Buccaneer's PGA Professional, said in a press release Thursday.
The East End Golf Club’s treasurer, Mike Gilbert, is an insurance adjuster and is currently in Louisiana assisting with the recovery effort.
Jeanne Johnston, the Buccaneer's LPGA Teaching & Club Professional and the East End Golf Club's secretary, seconds her husband’s sentiments. "While the East End Golf Club’s activities are primarily golf-related, we have in the past made donations to causes we’ve felt warranted our attention. Katrina is an unusual situation and one we feel we can help with. We hope our offer to match the golfers' entry fees will encourage more golfers to participate in the Low Net Kicker Tournament, which is a simple full handicap event that golfers can play at any time during Labor Day Weekend, which will in turn mean more money for the relief fund."
Winners of the tournament will be designated as usual, although no prizes will actually be distributed.
Volunteer organizations seeking donations to assist victims of Katrina include:
American Red Cross
1-800-435-7669 English
1-800-257-7575 Spanish
Operation Blessing
1-800-436-6348
America's Second Harvest
1-800-344-8070
Adventist Community Services
1-800-381-7171
Catholic Charities, USA
703 549-1390
Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
1-800-848-5818
Church World Service
1-800-297-1516
Convoy of Hope
417-823-8998
Lutheran Disaster Response
800-638-3522
Mennonite Disaster Service
717-859-2210
Nazarene Disaster Response
888-256-5886
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
800-872-3283
Salvation Army
1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)
Southern Baptist Convention — Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440
United Methodist Committee on Relief
1-800-554-8583
Volunteer agencies provide a wide variety of critical services after disasters, such as clean up, childcare, housing repair, crisis counseling, sheltering and food.
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