With perfect weather in the forecast for the 22nd Annual Heartland Bank Charity Golf Classic, all 31 teams appreciated the clear skies, temps in the low 80s and exceptional course conditions. Last year was the first year the outing had to be rescheduled due to weather, and with hurricane Dorian threatening the United States the first week of September, vague memories of downpours and soggy fairways loomed over the committee’s planning activities. All weather crises were averted, and the golf outing was, once again, a success!
Starting out as an effort to help a few local children’s charities in 1996, the Golf Classic is a full-scale annual fundraiser that has been gaining momentum and popularity in each of the last 22 years. At the very first outing, the bank made a small donation to the Licking County 4H Horse Council. This year, six local charities, selected by the bank, were awarded a total of $35,000. Heartland has made benevolent donations of almost $519,952 since the classic’s inception. Former recipients of funds from the Charity Golf Classic include Charity Newsies, Joshua Perry Foundation, Lifetown Lessons for Life, 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 six organizations in 2019:
Bishop Griffin Resource Center
Growing Hope, Growing Love!
The Bishop Griffin Resource Center has been providing food, clothing and household goods for Columbus’ east side since 2006 and continues to grow in the number served and in the types of services provided. In 2019, the Center anticipates serving nearly 8,500 people in more than 2,300 households.
Children’s Dyslexia Center
In Honor of Richard J. Luckay
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.
Mary E. Babcock Library
Mary E. Babcock Library, Inc. is a publicly supported foundation for the purpose of owning and maintaining the building which houses the Mary E. Babcock Library in Johnstown. The organization is in the process of constructing an addition to the library which will add 2,000 sq. ft. of multi-purpose space for children’s programs and other special library events. The space will also be made available for community meetings and events.
Newark Catholic High School
Performing Arts & Innovation Center Project
Newark Catholic High School’s infrastructure and core academic areas are much the same as they were in 1958. The INSPIRE Campaign, with their vision for the future, will fund this project to build a 500-seat Performing Arts & Innovation Center, with new technology, lighting, sound and air conditioning.
The Ohio State University CFAES Dean’s Charity Steer Show
Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
In July, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences held an inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair. Thirteen celebrity exhibitors were paired with experienced 4-H families and a steer in the show ring. The event raised $150,000.
WHITEHALL CITY SCHOOLS
Whitehall City Schools, along with the Whitehall Education Foundation, is undertaking a renovation project to replace the 60-year-old seats in the Whitehall-Yearling High School Auditorium. This will provide a premier facility for students to perform in and 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 hit the green with support for the Golf Classic and are proud to remain active in this tradition. Stop in at any one of Heartland Bank’s 16 branch locations where you’ll never need a mulligan, and we’ll always help you replace your divots!