Education Foundation 51st Golf Open

Fundraiser aims to link green to scholarship dollars

Editor’s note: Alexa Shughart is co-president of The Knightly News and one of its photographers. She is the Central Penn Education Foundation intern this term. She is a corporate communications major.

Alexa Shughart

By Alexa Shughart

Knightly News Reporter

The Central Penn College Education Foundation is hosting its 51st annual Golf Open on Aug. 12 at Rich Valley Golf, in Silver Spring Township (Mechanicsburg).

The open is the only yearly fundraising event the education foundation hosts.

The foundation’s goal is to encourage donations from alumni, community, corporations and other organizations so that students can graduate from Central Penn, and make their contributions to the community and to society at large.

A maximum of 32 teams signed up. Registration for the event is closed.

Historically, the foundation raises at least $20,000 with the open, according to Sandra Box, education foundation director.

Last year, the golf open raised about $35,000.

Besides golf, the open includes engaging family-friendly events for players and attendees to have fun and to network.

Box said the COVID epidemic had a noticeable impact on the golf open in recent years.

“We had to make some adjustments regarding the awards ceremony and presentation, as well as the food service, but considering that it was an outside event, it was quite successful,” Box said.

However, this open is in full swing, as restrictions and accommodations have been lifted.

Several contests will be held throughout the day. These include the game closest to the pin, longest drive and other golf competitions. A contest between duos operating two beverage carts will determine who can raise the most in donations throughout the day.

Two baskets will also be raffled. One is a basket of cheer and the other is a family-fun basket. Golfers can buy tickets for the raffle.

Below is a schedule for the day.

  • 8 a.m., registration and continental breakfast
  • 9 a.m., shotgun start
  • 2 p.m., lunch, awards, the two basket raffles and a 50/50 raffle

To donate or to get involved, go to the Education Foundation Golf Open 2022 website.

Edited by media-club co-adviser Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi.