This past month, we held the 4th annual Anderson Charity Golf Outing at Lost Nation Golf Course. The event was supported by dozens of sponsors and 148 golfers took part. All of the proceeds are split between two outstanding local charities; the McKinley Community Outreach Center and the Willoughby Rotary’s Autism Program.
The McKinley Community Outreach Center opened in June of 2013 in the former McKinley School building on Lost Nation Road. Staffed by volunteer servants, the Center serves Western Lake County residents who are unemployed or underemployed, senior citizens on fixed incomes, the mentally and physically challenged, and returning veterans adjusting back to civilian life. Last year, the Center served 1,264 households in Western Lake County, representing 3,574 individuals. They provided assistance with food, taxable items (i.e. soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc.), clothing, and furniture. They also offered GED classes in conjunction with the Auburn Career Center’s ABLE/Adult Literacy program, and sponsored the Workforce 360 program for youths 16-22 in cooperation with Ohio Guidestone and Job & Family Services.
The Willoughby Rotary Club’s Autism Project has been raising funds to provide iPads to young people with autism. IPads have proven to be especially helpful and effective in enhancing communication skills for people on the autism spectrum, as well as providing the means to have fun, be creative, and feel good about themselves. Through its efforts, the Club has donated more than 300 iPads to autism support organizations and individuals on the spectrum.
Over the past four years, I’m proud to say that our charity outing has raised over $50,000 to help these organizations fulfill their missions. I want to thank these organizations for their commitment to our community and for the wonderful work they are doing. I also want to thank all of the sponsors, golfers and supporters of our outing. This is just another example of why Willoughby is such a special City.
Have a great month.
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