Grab your golf clubs – and your sombrero – and help raise money for scholarships and community projects championed by the Ferris Professional Women.
The 21st annual FPW Golf Outing, on tap Thursday, Aug. 2 at Falcon Head Golf Club in Big Rapids, is the organization’s major fundraising event of the year. Participants are encouraged to dress up to fit the event’s “Mexican Fiesta” theme.
“The main purpose of the golf outing, and any fundraiser we have, is to raise enough money to give out our annual $1,000 scholarship,” said committee member Deb Ducat, who has been involved with FPW since 1998. “We’ve even been able to give out scholarships worth $2,000 in the past.”
Proceeds from the golf outing will go toward the scholarship fund, and this year FPW has chosen to donate funds to the Ferris women’s soccer team to help purchase necessary equipment.
FPW started about 25 years ago to offer networking opportunities and to mentor and support female students. Active membership is open to Ferris employees, their spouses, retirees and students.
The FPW’s scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time female student who has earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, with financial need and who provides leadership and service in the community.
The golf outing is a way for FPW members to invite women from Ferris and the Big Rapids community to have fun and raise money for a good cause.
“The atmosphere is meant to be noncompetitive,” Ducat said. “Leave the kids at the sitter or get a break from a long day at work and just have fun and enjoy yourself.”
The FPW outing is a nine-hole scramble and open to all levels of golfers. The entry fee is $45 per person with dinner included; lunch will be available for an additional cost of $5.95.
Registration is from noon to 1 p.m.; there also will be a putting contest from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tee time is 1 p.m. sharp, with dinner immediately following.
“We offer a venue for all skill levels, and a lot of people have never been on the course, because they are either embarrassed or their friends are better golfers,” Ducat said.
After the outing, prizes and gag gifts will be awarded for various finishes. A raffle will feature a set of ladies golf clubs, lunch and dinner gift certificates, overnight accommodations and more.
“We have a few team positions left and would love to have a full course when we start out,” Ducat said.
Last updated: 06-07-2013