“Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail…” – you’ve probably heard this quote about the postman. This is what our golf committee was thinking as they welcomed the participants on September 28th to the rain-delayed and rescheduled 21st Annual Heartland Bank Charity Golf Classic. Originally planned for September 10th, the rain-soaked course at the Columbus Country Club just couldn’t recover fast enough from the weekend downpours to provide adequate play for the participants. With a new venue this year, Heartland Bank was not excited to postpone the event, but it remained sold-out even for the rescheduled date. Not to mention, this was the first time in Heartland Charity Golf history that the event had to be rescheduled.
Starting out as an effort to help a few local children’s charities in 1996, the Golf Classic is a full-fledged annual fundraiser that has been gaining momentum in each of the last 21 years. At the very first outing, the bank made a small donation to the Licking County 4H Horse Council. This year, seven local charities, selected by the Bank, were awarded a total of $35,000. Heartland has made benevolent donations of almost $485,000 since the classic’s inception. Former recipients of funds from the Charity Golf Classic include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes, the Buckeye Ranch Foundation and Junior Achievement, among many others.
We were proud to honor and support the following seven organizations in 2018 with $5,000 contributions to each:
CD102.5 FOR THE KIDS
Formed in 1993 and designed as an avenue for CD102.5 to be able to better utilize the power of the airways to support Central Ohio charities, CD102.5 for the Kids raises thousands of dollars annually.
Founded in 1907, volunteers take to the streets selling a special edition of the Columbus Dispatch on the second Saturday of December. Their mission is for no child to be kept out of school for lack of adequate clothing.
JOSHUA PERRY FOUNDATION
A non-profit organization founded in March of 2018, their mission is to inspire our youth to recognize and utilize their God-given gifts to maximize their potential. Donations benefit education, arts, athletics and developmental disabilities.
LIFETOWN LESSONS FOR LIFE
LifeTown is an educational “village” where children with special needs learn essential life and job readiness skills they need to become independent, productive members of the community. LifeTown is the only facility of its kind in Ohio.
CHILDREN'S DYSLEXIA CENTER - IN HONOR OF RICHARD J. LUCKAY, MSA, 33RD°
Since 1994, the Scottish Rite Masons, Northern Jurisdiction, have been leaders in helping families facing dyslexia. The center provides children with the skills they need to overcome the effects of dyslexia and for parents, it provides hope.
OHIO 4-H CELEBRATION OF YOUTH
Their mission is to enhance the 4-H youth development program and to recognize 4-H youth and adult volunteers. Funds support leadership education, volunteer programs, camps, counselor training, teen leader clubs and much more.
WHITEHALL CITY SCHOOLS
Whitehall City Schools, in collaboration with the Whitehall Education Foundation, is currently undertaking a renovation project to replace the 60-year-old seats in the Whitehall-Yearling High School Auditorium. Not only will this provide a premier facility for students to perform in but will also attract outside events for the community.
Local community support has contributed to the success of this annual event. Our vendors, partners, and even the Heartland Bank family have all stepped-up to the tee to support this annual event and are proud to remain active in this tradition. Stop in at any one of Heartland Bank’s 15 branch locations today “fore” a visit with one of our local community banking experts and we’ll help keep your financial game on par!