Kiwanis Club Golf Ball Drop
Port Aransas’ first ever Golf Ball Drop is tomorrow, Friday, May 27. All balls must be purchased by day’s end today, Thursday, May 26.
The Port Aransas Kiwanis Club is hosting the fundraiser, to be held immediately following the graduating seniors’ scholarship awards ceremony, about 2 p.m., at Port Aransas High School, 100 S. Station St.
Here’s how it works: Numbered golf balls will be dropped from the fire department’s new ladder truck toward a hole. The person whose ball lands in the hole, or is closest to the hole as declared by a three-judge panel, will take home 20 percent of the net proceeds, or $1,000, whichever is highest.
Balls are being sold for $ 10 each, or a dozen for $100, and may be purchased from any Kiwanian and also at American Bank, A Mano, Coastal Creations Hair Salon and Gratitude Gift Shop. Originally planned was a last-minute opportunity to purchase golf balls just before the drop, but that has changed and all balls must be bought by today.
Kiwanis spokesperson Betsy Churgai said the date for the ball drop was chosen to coincide with the scholarship awards ceremony to involve a broader range of the community, since many will already be at the high school for the ceremony.
She said, “This is an excellent way to unite all members of the community, students, teachers, parents and local residents behind one common goal, at a time and place where representatives from all corners of the town will be attending.”
According to Churgai, those who calculate odds predict good odds for this event, especially since it’s a first time event and may not draw record participation. One lucky person will get a huge return on his or her donation.
Participants need not be present to win. Visitors to town and those whose schedules don’t permit them to attend the awards ceremony will have a chance, too, according to Churgai.
The proceeds from the fundraiser will be used for scholarships for PAHS students, both those graduating this year and those from past years who re-apply.
The Kiwanis Club encourages businesses to take advantage of the volume discount to use as a ‘thank you’ to their employees, or as gratuities for larger purchases made at their shops. Visitors are urged to buy a dozen to use as recognition of quality service or to “pay it forward” by surprising a cashier, or a service person just back from the war.
For more information, contact event coordinators Lou or Nancy Cinfici at 749-4578.