Perfect weather and beautiful course conditions awaited all 26 teams at the 23rd Annual Heartland Bank Community Foundation Charity Golf Classic. With temps in the 70s, clear skies and a bit of a breeze, this year’s golfers couldn’t ask for more exceptional playing conditions.
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 23 years. At the very first outing, the bank made a small donation to the Licking County 4H Horse Council. This year, four local charities, selected by the bank, were awarded a total of $22,500. Heartland has made benevolent donations of almost $542,000 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 organizations in 2020:
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.
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.
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.
This year, Heartland’s charitable foundation became the organizer and owner of this traditional event. With community stewardship as the driving force, the Heartland Bank Community Foundation makes contributions to nonprofit organizations to fund widespread community impact programs and/or projects. The Foundation is part of Heartland's overall charitable giving initiative, which enables support of programs that improve quality of life where the clients and associates live and work.
Local community support has contributed to the success of this annual event. Our sponsors, 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. Our associates are committed to their communities! Stop in at any one of Heartland Bank’s 16 branch locations where our associates can assist you with your financial game!