Women raise $1,100 to feed students

by: BARBARA SHERMAN - READY TO EARN MONEY AND PLAY - Members of the King City Women's Golf Club's fundraising committee stand behind other members checking in players before the start of weekly play Sept. 26.The ladies in the King City Women's Golf Club enjoy a good game of golf just like anyone else, but once a year, they put some big bucks behind it and raise money for charity.

For at least a decade, the club has supported Race for the Cure to fight breast cancer, but this year it got behind a difference cause - the Tigard Backpack Program, which provides backpacks full of food to low-income students in the Tigard-Tualatin School District to take home on Fridays so their families have enough food to get through the weekend.

"This year we decided to keep the money here and do something locally," said Margaret Cooley, who was co-chairwoman of the project with Mary Norgard. "There were three different organizations we could have given money to, and club members voted for the backpack program.

"I had never heard of it, but it sounded like a good cause."

The club asked all its members who golf plus its social members (those who used to golf) to make a donation of $20, and club members also asked outside groups to contribute.

"We were surprised at the response," Cooley said. "Businesses and the King City Lions Club all contributed. Our goal was $1,000, and we topped $1,100 a little. Isn't that amazing for our little golf club?

"I think we have 63 members, and my gosh, when you stop and think about it, we raised a lot, although usually every year we have raised around that amount - it has ranged from $1,000 to $1,400. But being that this was new, we didn't know how familiar people were with it, so you're not sure what the response will be."

The Tigard Backpack Program is run through the Tigard Police Department, and Charlie Sandbo has been running the program as a volunteer since being laid off as the paid coordinator July 1.

"It sure turned out wonderful," Cooley said. "I can't wait to give the check to Charlie, and 100 percent of the money goes to the program."

For more information on the program, call 503-718-2578.

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