What started out as an effort to help a few local children’s charities in 1996 has blossomed into a full-fledged annual fundraising event that has been gaining momentum in each of the last 20 years. Since that first golf outing in 1996, when the Bank made a small donation to the Licking County 4H Horse Council to last year when six local charities selected by the Bank collected a total of $30,000, Heartland has made benevolent donations of almost $449,000. Former recipients of funds from the Charity Golf Classic include Big Brother & Sisters of Central Ohio, Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes, the Buckeye Ranch Foundation and Junior Achievement, among many others.
This year’s sold out 20th annual Heartland Bank Charity Golf Classic "teed off" on Monday, September 11th at Pinnacle Golf Club in Grove City. We were proud to honor and support the following seven organizations in 2017 with $5,000 contributions to each:
CD102.5 for the Kids
The CD102.5 for the Kids charity was formed in 1993 and designed as an avenue for WWCD to be able to better utilize the power of the airways to support local charities that are committed to helping children and families in need throughout central Ohio. Since 1992, a 48 hour DJ marathon (called the Andyman-a-thon after the late Andy Davis, a popular 102.5 DJ) has supported the station’s “For the Kids” charity. DJs encourage listeners to call the on-air studio to request songs to be played for a donation. In addition to those donations, an eBay auction offers merchandise for sale that’s been donated from the station’s advertisers and record companies. Every year, CD102.5 for the Kids raises thousands of dollars for various beneficiaries, including but not limited to: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Homeless Families Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House and the Childhood League of Columbus.
Masonic Learning Centers for Children with Dyslexia
Millions of school children with dyslexia endure frustration and demoralization on a daily basis as they struggle to acquire skills that many of us take for granted. Since 1994, the Scottish Rite Masons, Northern Jurisdiction, have been national leaders in the effort to help children and their families overcome the painful obstacles of dyslexia.The Center offers free one-on-one tutoring to children with dyslexia as well as free training for individuals who are interested in becoming a tutor for these children. The positive impact of early intervention on the lives of these children and their families is enormous. Children are tutored one-on-one twice a week after regular school hours. This allows for the curriculum to be tailored to each individual child as necessary, and progress is made in small, readily quantifiable steps. For the children, the Center provides them with the skills they need to overcome the effects of dyslexia. For their parents, it provides hope.
Ohio 4H Celebration of Youth
The mission of the Ohio 4-H Foundation is to raise money to enhance the 4-H youth development program and to recognize 4-H youth and the adult volunteers that offer their time and talents to support them. Through fundraising events such as the annual Celebration of Youth, the Ohio 4-H Foundation is able to raise nearly $1.1 million annually to benefit the Ohio 4-H Youth Development Program. Gifts to the 4-H program support teen and adult leadership education, volunteer programs, member recognition, project clinics, camps, counselor training, teen leader clubs, both livestock and non-livestock events and much more. The Ohio 4-H Foundation is guided by a volunteer Board of Trustees, comprised of business and industry leaders, Extension personnel, and 4-H youth representatives from around the state.
Grove City Kids Association
Grove City Kids Association (GCKA) is a non-profit charitable organization for youth sports. Their mission is to offer the best youth athletic experience possible by providing an environment dedicated to maximizing each participant’s potential. GCKA was incorporated in 1967 in response to the need for organized youth sports programs in the Southwestern City School District. The group has grown continuously to currently providing sports to over 3,000 children in Grove City and Southwestern School District in youth cheerleading, football, soccer and softball. Murfin Memorial Fields are comprised of more than 51 acres of land at 4570 Haughn Rd. There are 9 soccer fields, 4 football fields, and 5 softball diamonds, parking and concession stands.
Charity Newsies was founded 110 years ago in 1907. Every year on the second Saturday of December, Charity Newsies takes to the streets selling a special edition of the newspaper for any amount people want to give. The mission of Charity Newsies is that no child shall be kept out of school for lack of adequate clothing. Lack of proper clothes is a top reason children miss school. Wearing new clothes that fit properly helps a child’s self-esteem. Higher self-esteem improves a child’s chances of succeeding at school. One hundred percent of donations, every single penny, goes towards the purchase of new clothing for children in need. Since its inception, Charity Newsies has helped more than 500,000 children in Central Ohio.
Boy Scouts of America/Simon Kenton Council
The Simon Kenton Council is one of the largest councils in the nation serving 17 counties in central and southern Ohio and Greenup County in northern Kentucky. The council is staffed by more than 40 professional and administrative Scouters with more than 6,500 adult volunteers delivering the Scouting program to more than 18,000 youth. They are joined by nearly 400 charter partner organizations sponsoring over 600 Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews and Exploring Posts in their council. Through these partnerships, the council’s goal is to be the premier leader in youth development for central and southern Ohio as well as Greenup County, Kentucky. At least 1,000 youth participate in Simon Kenton Council’s ScoutReach program. Through this special program, youth in the councils most at-risk areas of central Ohio are delivered the full Scouting program at little to no cost to the Scout’s family. Through stipend program aids, the ScoutReach program is delivered to Scouts after school in partnership with Columbus City Schools.
Girl Scouts of America
Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland serves more than 22,000 girls and 4,500 volunteers in 30 counties in central and southern Ohio. For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has been fulfilling the mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, believing in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM to change the world
The support from the local community, our vendors and partners, and even the Heartland Bank family has contributed to the success of this annual event. Call Heartland Bank today “fore” an appointment with one of our local community banking experts and we’ll help you get the “ball” rolling. Swing into Heartland, the bank that never needs mulligan.