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Tee Off For a Cause

Special Olympics of Hamilton County hosts 15th annual Golf Outing

Writer / Joshua Lowe

Fifteen years ago Chuck Lemasters had an idea. He wanted to celebrate his 40th birthday in a way that would give back to the community. Since his grade school days, he had always felt a strong connection to special needs students. So, he decided he would help the Hamilton County Special Olympics.

“I’ve always thought that if I ever got to the point where I can help others, I will,” says Chuck, who is now celebrating his 15th year of running the golf outing for the Hamilton County Special Olympics. In fact, Chuck was the first to sponsor golf as a sport for the local Special Olympics, which often practices at Bear Slide.

The event will be held at Bear Slide Golf Club in Cicero on Friday, August 4. Beginning at 11:30am, participants will be given a welcome bag and a raffle ticket for prizes. Beverages and lunch is provided before tee time, at 12:30. Following the tournament will be a dinner, prize drawings and awards for the winners. Throughout the day, a silent auction will feature prizes such as spa packages and photography sessions. Chuck is even donating an autographed football picture of Peyton Manning to be auctioned off. 

The event costs $135 a person and includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, welcome package and meals. Chuck is so devoted to the cause that he donates all the food, and Bear Slide Golf Club even gives the outing a special discounted rate. When the event ends in the evening, Chuck hopes to surpass his goal of $10,000.

What’s unique about the golf outing is that the proceeds will go directly to the Hamilton County Special Olympics. The money supports special needs families with free, year-round sports.

Email chuckavacauto@yahoo.com or jason@avcauto.com for registration, or visit Hamilton County Special Olympics at specialolympicshamiltoncounty.org.

About Joshua Lowe

Joshua Lowe lives with his family in Broad Ripple. He teaches seventh grade language arts and enjoys running and writing stories.

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