Record amount raised

VIENNA -A few of the names at the top have changed in the past several years, but that hasn’t prevented the Kids Golf Classic from churning out record amount of contributions.

Monday at Parkersburg Country Club, the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg was greeted with another windfall as the golf tournament raised a record $176,000. Since the event’s inception 18 years ago, the tournament committee has managed to eclipse the $2 million mark – $2,050,000 to be exact.

United Bank’s Jim Hayhurst stepped down as tournament director after last year’s event and placed the responsibility into the sure hands of co-worker Chad Mildren.

“The Boys & Girls Club is one of the most important organizations in our community,” Mildren said. “It’s certainly one of the top two in terms of helping at-risk children, so they are providing leadership and a place to go at a time when they are developing a lot of skills and deciding who they want to be in life.

“This organization is as important as any in our community, so (United Bank) is proud to put this tournament on for them. The community is extremely generous and it just amazes us each year what we are able to do.”

Numerous businesses contribute to the cause.

Yet, it’s the gold and platinum sponsors which truly make a difference.

The gold sponsors who contribute a minimum of $5,000 are Chapman Printing Company, Deluxe, FIS, Mary Riccobene, MetroNews Radio and Television Networks, along with Richard and Liza Adams.

The platinum sponsors contribute a minimum of $10,000 and they include Murray Sheet Metal/United Construction Company, The Ross Foundation, Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal Company, and United Bank.

“This event has made the difference in us existing and not,” Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg executive director Ben Shuman said. “They have made it possible for us to do what we do every day. Without United Bank supporting this event and making this happen, our facility would not be able to operate as a Boys & Girls Club. We’re in better financial shape now.”

Currently, the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg boasts a membership of 876. In 2013, the 50,000-foot facility served 21,000 meals.

This past spring break, Shuman and his staff started a program to transport kids from Jefferson Elementary School. They actually had a waiting list for this venture.

Hours at the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg will be expanded which will increase attendance to 150 kids per day.

“The newest thing we’ve done and something I am proud of is the formation of a new strategic plan,” Shuman said. “The plan was approved by the board of directors and sets our goals for the next three to five years for the direction of the club, and what we want to accomplish for our kids.”

As for the golf tournament, the field included 38 foursomes divided into three flights. The format was a straight scramble, and capturing the ‘A’ flight with a 13-under par 60 was the team of Tom McCormick, Ray Fanta, Steve Shaffer and P.D. Harris, who tied three other groups but won on a scorecard playoff. Capturing ‘B’ flight with a 61 were Joe Parsons, Jared Parsons, Brian Johnson and Jeff Waybright, while the group of Pat Minnite, Zayne Minnite, Jason Minnite and Dan VanDyke turned in a 64 to win the ‘C’ flight.