Though they have an entire summer ahead of them, Flanders Fire Department officials are busy laying the groundwork for their inaugural golf outing fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday, September 30.
Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the department’s scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to high school students from Flanders, according to Flanders Fire Department Lieutenant Ryan Abrahamsen. The department gave out three $500 scholarships last year and, this year, hopes to award at least two.
“We’ll try to cover one or two scholarships and, hopefully, we’ll be able to work something else out,” he said. “It all depends on how much money we can raise.”
The event, at the Hampton Hills Country Club in Westhampton, can accommodate 84 golfers—or 21 foursomes. Players will also be able to participate in a Chinese auction after finishing up their 18 holes.
Another perk of the fundraiser is that it will bring together volunteers and members of the community, Lt. Abrahamsen said. He noted that he’s also looking forward to seeing how much the event can bring in to the department’s scholarship fund.
The outing costs $150 per golfer, which includes a buffet breakfast before tee-off, range balls, a golf cart, greens fees, lunch at the halfway house and beverages on the course. After completing their round, golfers will head back to the clubhouse and enjoy an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, dessert and coffee. Awards will also be given out to those who win the longest drive and closest to the pin competitions.
So far, Lt. Abrahamsen has lined up a number of gifts for the raffle, including overnight stays at a couple of local inns, gift certificates to local restaurants and vineyard tastings.
He is still looking for local businesses to sponsor tees and flags throughout the course. Flag sponsorships cost $100 per pin. Tee sponsorships cost $60 each or $100 for two.
The department is collecting money that will be used to buy golf gear that will be auctioned off as part of the raffle, and is also accepting donations of goods and services for the raffle.
Plans are to make the golf outing an annual fundraiser, according to Lt. Abrahamsen. He added that he will be reaching out to local businesses over the next few months to gather sponsors and golfers for the fall event.
Those interested in playing or sponsoring the event are asked to contact Lt. Abrahamsen at the Flanders Firehouse by calling (631) 335-2839 or emailing email@example.com.