Monday will be a day of play for a good cause for the 100 golfers expected to take part in the Loudoun Education Foundation’s Golf Classic.
The annual golf tournament is the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit, which helps enhance classroom experiences for students in Loudoun County Public Schools.
The goal of this year’s Golf Classic, scheduled for a shotgun start at noon Monday, Sept. 19, is to raise $100,000. More than 10 years ago, the foundation’s tournament raised six figures but it hasn’t brought in that much in a single day since.
“We’re incredibly close this year and I think we’ll make it,” said Dawn Meyer, the foundation’s executive director. “We’re in one of the best positions we’ve been in going into the golf tournament.”
A couple more teams of four and a few more donations will bring them to that $100,000 goal.
Part of the draw is a chance to help the county’s 78,680 public school students, but this year’s venue is also special. The event will be held at Creighton Farms, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course near Aldie. Meyer said Peter Fulcer, a LEF trustee emeritus and former Loudoun public school administrator, helped bring the tournament to Creighton Farms.
“We’re really stepping up our game,” Meyer added.
Throughout the school year, the foundation turns the money raised around to provide scholarships for high school students, summer school tuition for students who cannot afford it, grants for teachers to purchase unique classroom equipment and material and tuition reimbursement for teachers to further their education. Its most well-known event is the Excellence in Education Banquet, which honors more than 200 high-performing seniors in the county’s high schools.
The title sponsor of this year’s Golf Classic is Stantec, the Leesburg-based firm that is serving as the architect for the Academies of Loudoun project.
The Golf Classic costs $2,000 for a foursome and $500 for individuals, which includes a golf shirt, lunch, range balls, 18 holes of golf, happy hour and dinner. A catered dinner reception will follow the tournament with a silent auction and keynote address by Superintendent Eric Williams. Cost to attend only the dinner is $50.
Registration, lunch and warm-up begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Happy hour begins at 5 p.m., with a dinner reception at 6 p.m. Golfers should register by Thursday, Sept. 14, at lef-va.com/LEF2016GolfEvent.html.