Some might think sunny skies and warm weather are ideal for a nice round of golf, but Quotarians in Flint, Michigan, U.S.A. have proven otherwise. Their glowing golf balls, torches on tees and greens, candle-lined courses, and golfers in glow-in-the-dark attire make 9:00 p.m. an optimal tee time. The unique twist on a favorite sport has led to the participation of local golfers and non-golfers alike: the event also features breakfast, 50/50 raffle tickets, mulligans, a lucky number board, and a putting contest.
Day or night, though, a golf tournament is an expensive and time-consuming event. The club worked together carefully, beginning to plan seven months in advance and distributing work among five different sub-committees who met monthly to ensure maximum member involvement and even distribution of tasks. “Having separate chairs for the various components is also key, as it divides the overall responsibility,” explained club president Kathy Holt.
In addition to planning, the key to any fund-raiser is minimizing the cost while maximizing the revenue. This is where the community came in. Flint solicited donations for a wide range of expenses: local businesses sponsored holes and provided door and team prizes; a local printing company contributed flyers and registration forms, and the area hospital donated U.S.$900 to help the Flint club reach its U.S.$5,000 goal.
The biggest star of all was the golf course, which donated the breakfast and the course. Flint Quotarians showed their appreciation with a Quota Community Service Award plaque, which is on display at the course and was featured in the local paper—a little extra publicity for Quota even once the event was over.
Cooperation with one another and the community made the night a success. Golf balls weren’t all that shone at the tournament: Quota and the community did, too!