An annual Sampson Arts Council golf tournament that helps fund local art programs was deemed the “most successful fundraiser” to date.
The Seventh Annual “Golf Fore the Arts” Golf Tournament sponsored by the Sampson Arts Council was held at Coharie Country Club in Clinton on June 10.
“Funds raised will provide two weeks of Summer Art Camp in July and August for grades 1-6, and three Art Workshops for grades 7-12, for over 100 children,” said Kara Donatelli, director of the Sampson Arts Council. “Art Camp scholarships were awarded to 35 select students to attend art camp free of charge. Funds raised also sustain ongoing operations of the Arts Council so we can continue to produce programs and events that advance the arts and engage our county’s residents and visitors.”
The Sampson Arts Council expressed its gratitude to the community for making this “the most successful fundraiser ever.” There were 27 teams including 108 golfers, and 185 business and individual sponsors.
“We cannot thank everyone enough for their support of the Arts in Sampson County … and Dickie Walters and Coharie Coharie Country Club Staff coordinated the successful tournament,” Donatelli stated.
The Sampson Arts Council was proud to have Eagle Scout, Noel Turlington, join the “Golf Fore the Arts” Golf Tournament again this year to provide “Growing Golf Through the Arts,” a youth golf clinic for rising 4th and 5th grade students. The clinic provided 14 Sampson County students the opportunity to learn golf rules, etiquette, swings and putting. Students also designed their own golf balls and were given an iron and putter to take home, with the hope to instill a passion in them to play golf the rest of their lives.
Alanna’s Team, which consisted of Mickey Fortner, Butch Budd, Rex Owen and George Carroll, came out on top as the overall winning team. Other winning teams included: in second flight, Harrell Team — Frankie Harrell, Bob Yow, Charlotte Harrell and Mark Harrell; and third flight, Select Bank Team — Bob Riddle, Gary Raynor, Andy Raynor and Zach Raynor.
With the community’s generous support, Donatelli said, “we are able to provide Arts programming throughout the year such as Student Art Club, Adult Art Workshops, Artist Receptions and Sunday Happenings. We look forward to offering new and exciting arts programming and activities to the citizens of Sampson County in 2016-17.”
Melony Henderson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-376-2127.