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Young Life Golf Tourney raises record amount

The seventh annual Young Life Golf Tournament, which benefits the Lake Oswego Young Life program, was held May 6 at Oregon Golf Club.

“Thanks to Neil Lomax, who is a big player in getting this tournament going every year, and Marte Williams, Young Life event guru, this event raised more than $118,000 for Young Life,” said John Colter, area director for the organization. He said the funds will be used for operating expenses including salaries and program expenses. A putting challenge held during the tournament was earmarked for Capernaum, a club for teens with special needs.

“I’ve been involved with Young Life for 30 to 40 years,” said Lake Oswego’s Lomax, who acts as host of the golf tournament. “We ususally average about $100,000 each year, but this was our best year ever. We netted more than $118,000. That’s with 33 foursomes coming out for a neat day of golf and an awards dinners. I figure we’ve raised more than $700,000 for kids right here in our area.”

“Young Life’s mission is to provide good, clean fun and a mentor for all kids in Lake Oswego. We partner with kids to help them through the chaos of life,” said Colter. “We hold weekly meetings and summer camps. Kids often say Young Life camp is the best week of their life. Young Life is faith-based but following the Christian faith is not a prerequisite for joining.”

Lake Oswego Young Life has programs in both Lake Oswego junior and senior high schools, involving approximately 100 to 200 teens at weekly meetings. Colter said approximately 200 teens from the Lake Oswego chapter would be attending Young Life camps this summer.

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