The winning team at the 2019 Fish & Loaves “Par for the Course” fundraising golf outing was Phillip Liddle, Michael Johnson, Matt Kowalczyk and Brian Welsh.

Register for Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry golf outing

Dave Gorgon

Fish & Loaves, a Downriver community food pantry that helps serve the nutritional needs of seven Southeastern Michigan communities, will hold its 12th annual “Par for the Course” fundraising golf outing on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Taylor Meadows Golf Club, 25360 Ecorse Road.

The largest client-choice food pantry in the State of Michigan, Fish & Loaves relies on fundraising events, donations, food drives and volunteerism throughout the year to keep its shelves stocked. The golf outing is the pantry’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Fish & Loaves Executive Director Mary Hollens said it takes more than $20,000 a month during a “normal” year for the nonprofit organization to provide food to the needy residents in the its service area, which includes Southgate, Allen Park, Brownstown, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Taylor and Woodhaven. This year, fundraising is even more crucial due to those hit hard by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The golf outing, a four-person scramble, will begin with an 8 a.m. registration and light breakfast, followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The $100 per golfer fee includes a light breakfast, 18 holes of golf (with a cart), a boxed lunch at the turn, an appreciation gift, a dinner coupon, a raffle with great prizes, and more.

Prizes will be awarded to the overall winning team. There will be contests for men and women “closest to the pin” and “closest to the line.” In a hole-in-one contest, golfers have a chance to win a 2020 Chevrolet Blazer sponsored by Taylor Chevrolet, a trip underwritten by Smith Insurance Agency and $1,000 thanks to Dixon Golf.

Due to the coronavirus, the outing will feature a few changes this year. Instead of a dinner after the event, golfers will receive a buy one, get one coupon for dinner at Carrabba’s restaurant in Southgate. Carts have Plexiglas dividers. Raffle items will be on the outside porch.

Golfers can register online by visiting the home page at the Fish & Loaves website www.flcfp.org.  For more information, or to register by phone, call Fish & Loaves at (734) 992-6284.

In addition to golfers, organizers are seeking sponsors for the event. Hollens said she is grateful to those that have supported the pantry and its fundraisers throughout the 12-year history of Fish & Loaves.

“This is a true community effort,” Hollens said. “We have been blessed to receive the support of some great sponsors.”

Major sponsors to date this year are Load One Transport, UAW Region 1A and Tim Horton – Ravinder and Anita Saini. 

Other sponsors include Chapatwala Family McDonald’s (E.N.C.E); Ronald Dmitruchina – Medicare Plans; Keith Lehman & Associates – Primerica; Dr. Charles Zammit, DDS; Kevin Potosky, DDS: DownRiver Church of Taylor; Jacque Gorris – Supreme Lending; Ellen and Jim Pfafflin; McKenna; Russ Newsome; Len and Sue Vokal; Dan, Lauren, Luke and Annalise Vokal; and John and Michelle Wloch.

“The leadership of these organizations and the individual donors know the importance of making sure food is available to those in need,” Hollens said.  “And with one in five kids not getting enough food regularly, child hunger remains a priority – and a formidable challenge – for us. We see approximately 4,000 children well under the age of 18 coming through our doors each year.”

 Additional company and individual sponsorship opportunities are still available and welcome. For more information on these opportunities, contact Fish and Loaves at 734-992-6284.

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