Sell-out crowd expected at first-ever Home of Hope golf tourney

It’s a fundraiser 20 years in the making.

For more than two decades, North Gwinnett Kiwanis Club has been organizing golf fundraisers for various kid-based community projects. And this year, for the first time, they’ve teamed up with Home of Hope.

The Home of Hope Charity Golf Tournament happens Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Lanier Islands Legacy Golf Course. Registration kicks off at 7:30 a.m. A shotgun start will be at 9:30 a.m.

Cal Andrews, golf event chairman with the club, said they’re excited about this fundraiser for Home of Hope.

“Kiwanis had started helping with Home of Hope and we saw how much good their program was doing. And we said, ‘Well, we know how to run a golf tournament. Why don’t we do this for Home of Hope?’,” he explained.

That was late last year. And even with the hurdles of COVID-19, the response has been strong.

“We are really getting a great response,” he said. “The people who support Home of Hope are very motivated. We’re seeing them come and sponsor the tournament. And we have all the golfers signing up.”

In fact, Cal said sign-up numbers point to the possibility of a sell-out event. Near the end of July, tickets were already about half sold.

“We’re ahead of where we typically are for ticket sales,” he said. “Last year, we ended up with 74 [golfers]. Right now, it looks like we’ll be over 100, but we are limited to 144. That’s really good.”

Part of what sets the Home of Hope Charity Golf Tournament apart is affordability.

“A lot of these charity events can run up toward $500 a ticket, but we’re very affordable,” explained Cal. “If you get squared away now, your price to play is $165.”

And that price includes more than just a round of golf. Participants get breakfast, lunch, free practice balls, the chance to win prizes donated by area businesses, and so much more.

Another perk of this tourney? Playing at Lanier Islands Legacy Golf Course.

“This is the third year we’ve been at the Lanier Islands Golf Course,” added Cal. “It’s a beautiful course — 12 holes around the lake. It’s been a real plus. People really enjoy playing there.”

And with so many events impacted by the pandemic, outdoor fundraisers like this mean a chance to get back together with friends while supporting local causes like Home of Hope.

“Lanier Islands does follow all the best practices to keep everyone safe while they’re playing,” he said.

But maybe the best part of this fundraiser will be making a difference for kids and moms in need.

“Great things happen for people in need when two great organizations come together doing God’s great work,” said Maureen Kornowa, Home of Hope’s Executive Director. “Home of Hope is really proud to partner with our friends, The North Gwinnett Kiwanis, for the first Home of Hope Charity Classic golf tournament.”

Click here to grab your tickets for the Sept. 15 Home of Hope Charity Golf Tournament or to learn more about becoming a sponsor. To discover more about the North Gwinnett Kiwanis, click here.

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