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25th Annual Kids Count Golf Classic raises $273K

VIENNA — The 25th annual Kids Golf Classic tournament proved to be the event’s largest yet, in terms of fundraising.

The Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg goes into this charity event with high hopes, as the organization annually pockets proceeds to help in its mission.

A total of $273,000 were raised because of the tournament held at the Parkersburg Country Club. With the tournament entirely funded by United Bank, this year’s Classic paid huge dividends. The $273,000 was a record-breaking mark for the benefit, as it beat the previous year’s total by more than $20,000.

Lynn Reins, who joined the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg in January, is the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. She gave her thoughts on the event and talked about where all the money will be directed. She says it is sure to leave an immense impact.

“This event is monumental into our entire overall budget,” Reins said during the tournament. “To have this level of unrestricted funds helps us have exactly what we need. It goes to our three priority outcomes. We have Academic Success, which has a program such as Power Hour, which is where the kids get homework help. They get to earn points and buy items from the store. It also has Project Learn, which is our robotics program.”

Reins continued with the two other priority outcomes for the Club.

“It also goes toward our second outcome, which is Healthy Lifestyles,” she said. “That has our garden, our pool and our gym. Our third priority outcome is Good Character and Citizenship. It’s really about getting the kids ready for society and what it’s like being an adult. We have our Youth of the Year, junior staff and our workforce development. It sponsors all of those things.”

Since the event’s inception in 1997, it has raised more than $3.5 million. This year, a total of 77 local businesses and community members added onto that amount with the record-setting sum.

In a press release to the News and Sentinel, chairman of the tournament and Chief Consumer Banking Officer of United Bank, Chad Mildren talked about the fundraiser and what it means to the community.

“For the 25th year, we are thrilled to celebrate the wonderful partnership between the Boys & Girls of Parkersburg and United Bank and the incredible support our community provides to the organization and the local kids it serves,” he said. “The Club plays such an important role throughout the community, shaping the lives of the youth across the Mid-Ohio Valley and contributing to their future successes. United is proud to present this platform, connecting the organization with numerous members of our business community, generating much-needed funds and helping provide a sense of stability so the Boys & Girls Club team can focus on their important mission. We want to thank the people and businesses who have supported the event today and for the last 25 years, Lynn and the staff at the Boys & Girls Club for making a difference in our community, and the kids of the Club who make the decision each day to spend their time in a positive environment.”

Titanium-level sponsors donated $50,000 and include: Mary Anne and Doug Ketelsen, representing the West Virginia Potato Chip Company, and the Mary M. Welch Advised Fund of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.

Platinum-level sponsors, giving $10,000 or more, include: CAS Cable, Mary Riccobene, Reagle & Padden, The Ross Foundation, Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal Company, United Bank and United Construction Company – Murray Sheet Metal.

Gold-level sponsors, giving $5,000 or more, include: Bowles Rice, Chapman Printing Company, Family Carpet, FIS, Highmark West Virginia, Richard Adams, The PM Company and WVU Medicine – Camden Clark Medical Center. Silver-level sponsors, giving $1,000 or more, include: 35 local businesses and community members. Additionally, 24 hole sponsors contributed $300 each.

As for the actual golf, the winning A-Flight team with a score of 61 was Adam Reynolds, Tyler Crockett, Justin Carpenter and Taylor Fry. The winning B-Flight team of Brian West, Brandon Penney, Greg Ogrinz and Kevin Kirk also won with a 61.

Contact Josh Hughes at jhughes@newsandsentinel.com

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