Going to Top Golf is always fun. Going to Top Golf while raising money for the Elgin ISD Education Foundation is even better. On a nice Thursday afternoon, before the rain swooped in, 27 teams made up of 157 players gathered in unity and, yes, competition, to contribute monetarily and to have a chance to mingle and network for a very worthy cause.
President of the Foundation, Gena Carter, said the group of concerned citizens has been around for approximately 15 years; its purpose and focus is simply to help improve academics for the school district.
To accomplish this, a major fund-raiser is held each year. Thanks to vice president Tim Schultz, for the third year in a row, this event has been held at Top Golf. Schultz does the all the leg work with the event center and the Foundation to ensure the forum is fun and financially successful. He added that the event at Top Golf has grown each year in participants and funds raised.
Although the Foundation has several different award methods, Carter explained its main financial disbursement is in its grant program. Teachers and staff from all campuses can submit grant requests stating what they need and why it is needed, and the Foundation’s grant board evaluates each entry. Each year, between 20 and 30 requests are approved. The Foundation also provides a monetary reward for Elgin ISD Teacher of the Year and sponsors the Top 10% Student dinner.
Schultz spoke of how exciting it is to walk into a teacher’s classroom and deliver the check for the approved request. The joy and excitement of the students and the teacher are the reason he feels all the work is well worth the efforts and time of the foundation.
Of course, there was quite a bit of fun involved as well,and the 27 teams participating did hit numerous golf balls at different targets on the Top Golf range. The team that scored the most points was designated this year’s winner. Congratulations to the event champion, First Financial Group, with Harkins Company placing second.