Golfers collect mountains of food for backpack program
The theme for the King City Women's Golf Club's annual charity tournament and luncheon this year was "Fill It Up," and "I think we did just that," said charity committee member Diana Pliler. "It was so rewarding and so much fun. And I have a special shout-out to the men who played golf and helped out at the luncheon."
The beneficiary of this year's event was the Tigard Backpack Program, which provides non-perishable food in backpacks for needy students in the Tigard-Tualatin School District to take home on Fridays to eat over the weekends.
The two-day event kicked off Sept. 14 with a golf tournament, which was followed Sept. 20 with a continental breakfast in the Pro Shop before golf and the luncheon in the King City Clubhouse. The luncheon drew a big crowd with more than 51 golfers and social members, including social member Dorothy Gross, who was celebrating her 100th birthday that day.
And the luncheon wasn't limited to just the ladies. "The men who golfed for the charity last Thursday are having lunch with us today too," Pliler said. "Two barrels were placed in the Pro Shop for food donations. I had to empty them several times to make room for more and stored the food in my garage."
King City Safeway, Tualatin Fred Meyer, Tigard Costco and Tualatin New Seasons all donated gift cards to the cause, and Pliler used the cards to purchase food items at those stores for the backpack program.
At the luncheon, two tables were piled high all the non-perishable food that was collected, plus the club raised $1,960 from cash contributions and a 50/50 drawing.
"The ladies' golf club will collect more food for the backpack program and will give Dick Bailey of the St. Francis Food Pantry a check for the total amount raised on Oct. 25 at our Halloween costume party and president desert," Pliler said.
"And we will devote much of our time to the Caring Closet," she added. "We are asking interested people to save gently used clothing for children in kindergarten through high school that will be taken to the Caring Closet in December."
The Caring Closet is set up like a retail store, and low-income families can "shop" for their children so they have clothes to wear to school and blend in with the other kids.
After lunch, birthday celebrant Gross blew out candles on one of two cakes, which was cut up along with the other cake and served for dessert.
In addition to Pliler, the charity backpack committee members included Margaret Wells, Mary Norgart, Jackie Davison, Janet Craig, Nancy Skirvin, Wendy Marchant, Carol Heinichen, Jan Hall and Cheryl Carrier.
Also at the luncheon, members heard the sad news that member Florence Roberts had died Sept. 10.
"She was a member at least 32 years and was president twice," said President Cindy Wallace. "She played golf last year at age 96, and at one time she had a four handicap."
Wallace concluded the luncheon by saying, "Thank you to everyone for all the food here that came from local community members and local stores. We can't do it alone. It takes all of us."
There were drawings for multiple door prizes that lucky attendees won, and just when everyone thought the luncheon was over, Wallace announced that more numbers were being drawn to give away the centerpieces at each table - terra cotta pots filled with chrysanthemums and decorated with colorful borders.