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Women's Club directs efforts away from community center goal

The club's annual golf tournament will raise money for community support


This year has brought some changes to the Hoodland Women’s Club's goals. But one thing that has not changed is the club’s annual fundraiser.

The Hoodland Women’s Club will hold its 11th annual Hoodland Thriftway Charity Golf Tournament and Auction on Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Resort at the Mountain, 68010 E. Fairway Ave. in Welches.

This year is the first that the event has included Thriftway, which recently signed on as a corporate sponsor, in the title.

As the club’s biggest fundraiser, the event raises money for the Women’s Club’s two major budget items, said Club President Kay Baker — scholarships to be awarded, a total of $4,000, and community support, a total of $3,000.

Each year, the club awards two scholarships of $2,000 to Sandy High graduates.

In terms of community support, the club provides funds to Welches School and holiday events and programs such as Spook Alley, the Thanksgiving community dinner and Christmas baskets.

Last year, the fundraiser made the club's goal by bringing in $8,000.

Last year there were about 50 golfers, a number the club hopes to exceed in 2014, Baker said. However, the majority of funds from the event come from the auction.

“The golfers not only golf but they’re there for the auction,” said Wanita McPherson, a member of the club who’s involved with planning the fundraiser.

After lunch, there is a silent and oral auction. Items to be auctioned include retreats to the beach, city and country, ski passes, autographed sports memorabilia, art and a variety of quality gift baskets, McPherson said.

The golf tournament is a shotgun scramble and begins at 9 a.m. Baker said the scramble, which means all players hit their ball at once and then move to the closest ball, makes playing go faster.

“You don’t have to be an excellent golfer to have fun and get a good score,” Baker said.

She added that for those who are fans of more traditional golf, the tournament also will feature prizes for longest drive and other achievements.

The entry fee of $100 — $70 for players with a season pass — covers green fees, a golf cart, lunch, prizes and more. For those not wanting to golf but will still attend, separate lunch-only tickets can be purchased for $25.

“We’re encouraging those who don’t want to golf to come have lunch,” Baker said. “Then they can be there for the auctions.”

Participants should send registration and fees to the Hoodland Women’s Club, P.O. Box 52, in Welches, or call Bonnie at 503-622-6842.

This year, the Hoodland Women’s Club has changed its focus slightly — it no longer will work toward building a community center, a goal the club has been working on for 10 years.

After fundraising and getting every major grant, the club raised about $1.4 million, about $700,000 away from its initial estimates of $2.1 million.

Baker said that in talking to Clackamas County about possibly reducing the building fees, to which the answer was no, the club learned that because of the changing economy, the initial estimates were about $200,000 too low.

With close to $1 million more to raise, the club voted to abandon the project.

“While we still have that vision, we’re disappointed,” Baker said. “We’ve been trying to see how we can come out on the positive end.”

Baker said the club hopes to redirect the money not returned to donors toward more community support, including adding to student scholarships and donating to Hoodland’s newest preschool and daycare center, Mt. Hood Learning Center.