MONROE — For 12 years, The Arc of Union County has held a golf tournament to benefit adults with special needs in Union County.
This year, organizers are hoping to raise $20,000 for the Arc, to help strengthen the organization’s advocacy efforts.
“Our agency is kind of a clearinghouse for families or folks with disabilities,” said executive director Melinda Plue. “So if they need help with school services, accessing or keeping services, moving, guardianship or end of life care … any kind of service a family or individual with disabilities would face, we try and be an advocate for them throughout the course of their life.”
The tournament is named in honor of long-time Arc supporter Carroll Edwards who passed away in 2008.
Edwards’ sister, who lives in one of the area’s assisted living facilities, has long been supported by the Arc, which is why Edwards was always such an advocate for the organization, Plue said.
“He understood the need to provide advocacy and support for people with developmental disabilities and made it possible for our agency to expand our facility and programs in a way that was never before possible,” Plue said. “The family has been enormously generous to us over the years.”
The Arc, which is the only advocacy agency for the developmentally disabled in Union County, has been serving residents with disabilities since 1981.
The golf tournament is its second largest fundraiser, typically generating $15,000 for its advocacy programs.
The tournament has a shot-gun start at 12:30 p.m., May 7 at Rolling Hills Country Club and is Captain’s Choice.
The cost is $125 per player or $500 for a foursome. There are also sponsorship opportunities still available.
There also will be five contests for closest to the pin, longest drive, beat the pro, hole-in-one which comes with a $10,000 cash prize, and a ball drop.
And since the tournament happens the week after Cinco De Mayo, the tournament will have a Mexican theme.
Plue said, so far, 88 golfers have signed up, but they’re hoping for 125. The last day to register is May 1.
While the tournament offers a great chance for golfers to get out and play for a good cause, Plue said it’s important to understand why they’re out there.
“It’s our mission to provide support to folks with development disabilities so they can be productive, engaged members of our community,” she said. “We’re not providing crisis assistance. We’re pushing toward full inclusion in a community and independence for folks with developmental disabilities and that’s something our whole community should be involved in.”
To find out more, or to register, call 704-261-1550, visit www.thearcofunion.com or email Plue at firstname.lastname@example.org.