Gering Booster Club to host 12th annual scramble July 10
     2014-06-19      By Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski    kaitlynk@geringcitizen.com
Gering Booster Club is holding their 12th annual golf scramble and raffle starting at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start on July 10 at Monument Shadows Golf Course.

Every summer around Oregon Trail Days the Gering Booster Club has been holding a four person scramble in order to help raise money for the schools. The entry fee will cost $50 per person this year which will include both the round of golf plus lunch afterwards. The event will have three divisions which include: men’s, women’s, and coed teams. All divisions will win prizes for the top gross teams while prizes will also be awarded to the top net score teams as well as those who win flag prizes throughout the day.

Deb Pieper, president of the Gering Booster Club, said this is one of the biggest fundraisers that the club holds and it all started with one person who had a really great idea and decided to put a lot of time and effort into making it work.

“The idea behind starting the golf scramble as a fundraiser for the schools began with Rhonda Ross. She suggested the idea from a passion she had and figured OT Days would be a great time to hold it because many people come back into town for things such as the activities and class reunions,” Pieper said.

This event in previous years has usually had a great turnout so Pieper is confident that this year will be no different for the annual fundraiser.

“I think the turnout for this year’s scramble will be good. We have 36 openings but we usually average about 40. We consistently fill our 36 spots but we still try to get in others who would like to play,” Pieper said.

With such a positive turnout for this fundraiser, the booster club generally receives a helpful amount of funds which get used for every activity so it is a very well-rounded fundraiser that focuses on every part of the schools, not just specific activities.

“We definitely make enough from this fundraiser to help keep us going for the year. As far as what happens to the funds earned at this event, everything goes into the same pool and then is dispersed on a school-wide basis so that way the funds can help every club or activity that needs it,” Pieper said.

With this now being the 12th annual scramble, the booster club has been holding this event for a while on top of everything else they have been getting accomplished, especially recently.

“For the past couple of years, we have done a lot of fundraising for the schools. We participate in a lot of volunteer work as well as doing events at activities such as the halftime shootout at basketball games,” Pieper said.

As far as more fundraisers that the booster club has planned, they will be saving majority of that fundraising for during the school year.

“The Booster Club is going to take it pretty easy this summer with fundraising. We have this scramble which will be a big one for us, then once school starts we will start getting to school events and doing a lot more then,” Pieper said.

If planning on participating in the scramble tournament, the deadline for all entries will be on July 7 so it is important to make sure teams register before then. Also, the raffle that goes along with the event will take place on July 10 as well, presumably after play and the ticket buyers do not need to be present in order to win. The costs of the raffle tickets are as follows: $5 for one ticket or $20 for five tickets. The prizes given away at the raffle will include a Traeger Grill donated by Johnson Cashway, four rounds of golf at the Scottsbluff Country Club, two rounds of golf at the Bayside Golf Course in Ogallala, a golf bag donated by Logoz, and a Gering Activities pass. If wanting to purchase a raffle ticket there are several businesses who will have them available which include: Logoz, Chiropractic Concepts, Johnson Cashway, Monument Physical Therapy and the Gering Citizen. Each one of these local businesses will be willing to sell raffle tickets to anyone who stops by and it is highly encouraged to do so.

For more information on the event or to sign-up call (308) 635-2277 in order to reach the Monument Shadows Golf Course.

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