Oliphant Golf Tournament pivots to raffle
This year, as many events continue to be canceled, postponed or modified, The Oliphant Golf Tournament was yet another organization that decided to pivot amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beth Oliphant Hoover — daughter of Doug Oliphant, a former Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce president who passed away from cancer in 2014 — runs the Oliphant Hoover Community Charity, a nonprofit organization that was created in honor of Doug and gives back to local charities by means of a large golf tournament held every year.
While the golf tournament itself was canceled this summer, organizers decided to move forward with a raffle to benefit several local community organizations: The Lake Oswego Transitional Shelter Ministry, Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels, MIGA – Mobility Impaired Golf Association, the Lake Oswego Police Department Caring Card Program and the Lake Oswego Public Golf Course.
Last year was the first time a raffle ran in conjunction with the golf tournament. And this year, there will be additional prizes and even some bonuses.
"What is exciting information that people may not know is that in addition to receiving their ticket in the mail ... they'll get four additional bonuses in their envelope with their ticket," Oliphant Hoover said.
With every purchase of the $40 raffle ticket — each person is allowed to purchase up to four — a bonus will be sent with the raffle ticket. The bonus includes a packet of Bentley Seed Company wildflower seeds, employee store guest passes and gift cards from The Garden Corner.
Raffle prizes include a gift card to Five Spice Seafood and Wine Bar, four bottles of Shafer Vineyards Napa Valley wine, Freeman Motors AutoSpa treatment, a ClickGear 4.0 golf cart and an accessory of your choice from ProActive Sports. The grand prize is six nights at Sunriver Resort and a $1,500 Sunriver gift card.
"We really attempted to create a diversity of prizes that would draw a wide group of interested raffle players," said Oliphant Hoover, adding that there will be a few bonus drawings for prizes like gift cards to local restaurants.
The new beneficiary this year is the LOPD's Caring Card Program — which provides VISA and grocery store giftcards to people in need. Oliphant Hoover said she felt like their mission was important and positively impacts the local community.
"We're disappointed to cancel the golf tournament but under the circumstances it was the right decision," Oliphant Hoover said. "We essentially regathered and determined … to execute our mission regardless of the circumstances, to put our heads together to figure out another way to bless the charities."
Oliphant Hoover added that she is grateful for the support of the sponsors who made the prizes for the raffle possible.
"My dad was undaunted and he always continued with volunteering regardless of the circumstances, even with his own health," Oliphant Hoover said. "We're not going to be shut down by the pandemic. We are going to continue doing good work within the city of Lake Oswego, even with the challenges and hurdles in front of us."
The winners will be announced via Zoom on or before Nov. 15. More details on the Zoom meeting will be announced via email blast or on the Oliphants' website.
Oliphant Hoover said she's hoping for a golf tournament next year. The date will be announced in December 2020 or January 2021.
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