By Charlie Warner
“This is kind of a milestone, as it is the 20th anniversary of the ABLE Foundation and also the 20th ABLE Golf Tournament,” said long-time ABLE Foundation Boardmember Don Meiners about the upcoming tournament.
“We came up with the idea for a golf tournament shortly after the foundation was formed,” Meiners recalled. “We needed a fundraiser, many of us enjoyed golfing, so it was a natural.”
This year’s tournament will be held Saturday, May 12 with a shotgun start at 2 p.m.
The ABLE Golf Tournament has become a very popular golfing event, held each year in May at Ma Cal Grove Country Club in Caledonia. The tournament has attracted 120 or more golfers each year for the four-person best shot and has raised well over $100,000 during the past 19 years.
The top team in men’s, women’s, and mixed categories will receive cash prizes and there will also be special prizes on some of the holes.
A grilled steak dinner with all the trimmings will be served from 5:30-7 p.m. Cost is $20 per person for the dinner or $40 per person for golfing and dinner. Following the meal, there will be a Chinese auction, silent auction and live auction as well as a cash raffle and door prize giveaways.
During the Chinese auction, numbers are sold in rapid succession and a wheel with corresponding numbers is spun. The person who holds the number wins the prize.
A special live quilt auction featuring a quilt made by Arlis Myhre will also be held. In the past, Myhre’s creations have featured an outdoor theme. Myhre donates her time and talents to the foundation in honor of the late Norb Staggemeyer, who was an avid outdoorsman.
“When we went to the Ma Cal Grove board back then and asked them if they would be willing to close down the course on a Saturday so we could hold a tournament, they were a little skeptical,” Meiners continued. “But the tournament went well, we brought a lot of people to the course and there have been other benefit tournaments held there, partially due to the success of our tournament.”
This is the 20th year for the golf tournament, with proceeds going to the ABLE Foundation, which supports the work of ABLE, Inc. ABLE, an acronym for A Brighter Living Experience, supports individuals with developmental disabilities so that they can live as independently as possible. Funds are used to meet the needs of those supported by ABLE and include communication devices, specially equipped vehicles, and adaptive equipment.
Golf and raffle tickets are available at ABLE’s Caledonia office, 216 East South Street, La Crescent office, 1700 Lancer Blvd, or by calling Judy Storlie at 507-895-8994.
“It’s a lot of fun, the food is always great and all the money we raise goes to help some wonderful people living right here in our area,” Meiners concluded.