By Ron Carter
Kingston Community News, Columnist
Fifty thousand dollars is the goal for the 12th annual “Swing for Rotary Golf Tournament” at White Horse Golf Club on June 22. Fifty thousand net. After costs. The goal for Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club’s largest fundraiser each year. The money will go to the many causes the club supports, including Kids of North Kitsap (Kingston High School scholarships, Food4Kids [a feeding program during school vacations], ShareNet backpacks and school supplies, equipment and uniforms, arts programs, career days at several local schools, internships for UW and WWU students at Stillwaters Environmental Center, and opening of Coffee Oasis in Kingston, a coffee shop and outreach center for at-risk teens). “We have had tremendous support from the community over the years. It is especially evident this year. There is every indication our goal will be realized,” according to tournament co-chairs Breane Martinez and Alice Amas.
“Golfer registration is pacing really well,” said Martinez. “Last year, we had a full field of 124 golfers,” she said, noting the field is filling up fast. Golfers can go online to register at: www.knkrota rygolf.net. Each player’s $160 registration includes green fees, cart, range balls, goodie bag, lunch, drink tickets and awards dinner. Those who wish to buy $35 dinner-only tickets can phone 360-286-5178. As in years past, players and others can bid on an impressive array of “silent” auction items through Text2Bid mobile bidding. If you’ve been outbid on an item of your liking, you will receive a text, indicating how much you need to bid on that item to retain it. Kingston North Kitsap Rotary President Doug Hallock said, “Our mission is to stage a first-rate charity tournament in North Kitsap. We really care that everyone has fun, and that players and sponsors are rewarded for helping us do good in our community.”
There will again be a raffle for a fully stocked, even overflowing, 28-bottle wine refrigerator. New this year will be a $7,500 home improvement raffle, courtesy of Lambro Construction. Do you need a new Architectural Roof? Or a new or upgraded TimberTech deck? Then this raffle’s for you. Winner of the raffle will have his or her choice of material and labor to construct either a new 300-square foot composite deck or recover up to 600 square-feet of your existing deck or material and labor to install up to 2,000 square feet of new 30-year Architectural Roofing on your home. The home improvement raffle winner may claim either alternative through the year 2020. Tickets are $50 each or five for $200. They may be purchased now at Columbia Bank in Kingston or Kingston Financial Center, or at the tournament.
Fifty thousand dollars is a big goal. It would not be possible without the support of the North Kitsap business community. Major sponsors include: Port Madison Enterprises (Main Sponsor), Kingston Dental (Dinner Sponsor), the Point Casino and Hotel (Text2Bid Sponsor), Ameriprise-The Latitude 48 Group (19th Hole Sponsor), Turk’s Apprentice (Sound System Sponsor), Windermere Real Estate/Catherine Arlen (Putting Contest Sponsor), and LYNX Enterprises and Windermere Real Estate West Sound (Beverage Cart Sponsors). The tournament also welcomes new hole sponsors Velosys, Clear Creek RV, Penrith Mortgage/Windermere, the Filling Station and Valley Nursery. “Thanks to all of our sponsors, you can sign up for the best, most fun, charity golf event you’ve ever experienced — at knkrotarygolf.net — and help us do $50,000 worth of good in North Kitsap,” said Hallock, the club president.