Family Friendly Entertainment for Charities

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A senior golf outing is set to take place Oct. 24 or 25 at Guttenberg Golf & Country Club located at 28126 Highway 52. Weather considerations will finalize the date closer to the event. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer-Combs)

By Caroline Rosacker

An anonymous group of individuals with a desire to promote healthy lifestyles for everyone, especially senior citizens, has organized a special golf outing that will include a charitable $1,000 prize give-away. 

The event is set to take place Oct. 24 or 25 at Guttenberg Golf & Country Club, located at 28126 Highway 52, Guttenberg. The nine-hole course is located north of Guttenberg and offers scenic views and a full service clubhouse. "A decision will be made, after looking at the forecast, on what day would be best – 'weather wise' to have this event," said Tim Schmitt, spokesperson for the group. 

Family Friendly Entertainment 

"Family Friendly Entertainment for Charities, a non-profit organization, is sponsoring an activity to help with our overall physical and mental health. This organization pooled together some money and wants to make a difference in this very unusual year," Schmitt commented. "Schools are trying to get back to normal activities, but remain safe at the same time. We have families and friends who have been affected by the derecho that hit earlier this year. We have family members in assisted living and or nursing homes quarantined because of Covid-19; the economic downturn has affected most businesses, and consequently has had major effects on our families. It can be tough to just remain positive about life."

The non-profit group identified people 80 years and older having experienced hardship during the pandemic. "Trying to come up with something that would bring some of these people together, share some memories and maybe even do something that would allow some exercise for the body, mind and soul – the game of golf came up as a possibility," shared Schmitt. 

"Exercise not only helps us physically, but mentally as well. Some individuals have been experiencing a decrease in physical activity during the Covid-19 pandemic," noted Schmitt. "What better way to get out and enjoy the final days of autumn than to walk, or ride, around the golf course and take in the stunning beauty that God provides us each and every year."

Senior Shootout

Schmitt explained, "There will be a separate women's  and men's shoot-out with at least $500 to be given out for both winning participants to give to their favorite charity. Everyone will receive something for attending." He added, " There are even businesses that are willing to cover greens and golf cart fees if needed, which means no cost at all to participate."

"As we get older we can no longer hit the golf ball as far as we could when we were younger, but we can still have some fun playing this great game," he said. 

The senior shoot-out will observe social distancing protocol. "This outing can be done safely by following simple social distancing recommendations while viewing some spectacular beauty," Schmitt assured. 

"The Guttenberg Golf and Country Club is one of the best courses in our area with a clubhouse second to none. Grab your spouse or call up a friend and get some more practice swings in before the shoot-out. Get your clubs back out if you have put them away for the year, clean them up, and come out and get some good exercise, enjoy the scenery, and make some money for your favorite charity," he encouraged. 

Anyone interested in participating in the senior shoot-out, or if you would like to volunteer or donate money toward the event, contact Tim Schmitt at 563-252-1941 or the Guttenberg Golf & Country Club at 563-252-1423.

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