Annual Arts Council golf tournament set

Golf Fore the Arts Tournament 2014 winning team included members Amy Wooten, Randy Wiggins, Ronnie Williams and Larry Hardy.

The Sampson Arts Council is teeing up for the 6th Annual Golf Fore The Arts Celebrity Golf Tournament.

The annual tournament will be held June 12 at Coharie Country Club. Eagle sponsor for the event is Smithfield Foods, birdie sponsors are Oasis, Go Automotive and Matthews and par sponsors are McDonalds/Caison Enterprises, U.S. Foods and Hog Slat.

According to Kara Donatelli, Sampson Arts Council director, the meet and greet reception will be June 11 at the Victor R. Small House.

“Our meet and greet reception has proven to be a huge success,” Donatelli said. “Sponsors, golfers and their spouses have the opportunity to mingle with the celebrities while enjoying music, great food and a live auction.”

According to Donatelli, celebrity athletes who will be participating this year include Roman Gabriel, Jim Richards, Jeff Bostic, Steve Fine, Ed Bradley and Bob Lewis, just to name a few.

“New this year, golfers have the option to have a celebrity play on their team,” Donatelli pointed out. “A random celebrity drawing will be held at the meet and greet reception and all golfers have the opportunity to score a hole-in-one and win a new car from Go Automotive, like celebrity Ed Bradley did in 2012.”

According to the director, the Sampson Arts Council is proud to have Noel Turlington joining the Golf Fore the Arts Celebrity Golf Tournament this year to complete his Eagle Scout project, an annual youth golf clinic which will allow 36 rising third through fifth elementary school kids the opportunity to learn the basics of the game of golf, and hopefully spark the passion for them to enjoy the game in years to come.

“It is so important to expose children to another way to spend time outside getting exercise,” Donatelli shared. “This golf clinic will introduce another fitness option. The event will also let kids get to enjoy and learn some art in the process, and let them take home a few balls and clubs”

This event, Donatelli said, will also increase exposure to the Sampson Arts Council’s Arts Camps for kids and their art scholarships. Adding this golf clinic to the annual Art’s Council Golf Tournament is an addition the group hopes will help increase the interest of the children. Children or their parents can get an application at the Arts Council or call Margaret Turlington at 910-385-6716.

According to Donatelli, all funds raised from the Golf Fore the Arts Celebrity Golf Tournament support ongoing operations of the Sampson Arts Council and Arts programming provided throughout the year including Artist Receptions, Student Art Club, Art Workshops, Sunday Happenings and a host of other art events and activities.

“Funds raised also support the Sampson Arts Council’s Summer Art Camp which provides students throughout Sampson County the opportunity to experience hands-on Art experiences,” Donatelli said. “Due to the success of last year’s tournament, we were able to offer two weeks of Art Camp in July and 35 scholarships to select students.”

Throughout the tournament’s six years, Donatelli said there has been a great deal of success.

“This event is a huge success because of the dedication and hard work of our golf committee chaired by Debbie Roberts and Helen Kearns,” Donatelli shared. “We are still seeking additional sponsors and hope we can count on your support. On behalf of the Sampson Arts Council Board of Directors, we appreciate your support of our annual fundraiser. Thank you for helping us keep the Arts alive in Sampson County.”

There are many ways so sponsor the tournament as well. Sponsorship prices range from $50 to $3,500. For more information, contact the Sampson Arts Council.

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