Salvation Army benefits from Holy Trinity church

Published 10:45 pm Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Vicksburg Corps of the Salvation Army is in need of donations. If it doesn’t reach $50,000 then it’ll have to close down until its Red Kettle Campaign comes around in December.

To help out, the Church of the Holy Trinity is hosting a golf tournament to benefit the Salvation Army.

The four-man scramble will be held Aug. 14 at the Vicksburg Country Club, with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $80 per person and includes the cart, one mulligan, lunch, beverages and range balls. Hole sponsorships are $100.

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All the proceeds will go to the Salvation Army.

Holy Trinity alternates the different recipients of its tournament proceeds every year. When they were making the decision, Rev. Beth Palmer remembered the articles about the Salvation Army and the financial challenges they were facing.

The closing of the Salvation Army would be devastating to Palmer. She said they have so many wonderful programs and a great history for the city.

“We interpreted that as a sign from God to benefit the Salvation Army,” Palmer said. “The tournament has grown and in 2013 we had 49 hole sponsors. We only had a few more golfers than the year before. We cleared $6,700 in 2013.”

Last year the scramble made just under $8,000 for Service Over Self. There were 14 teams and 61 hole sponsors. Palmer is hopeful that the proceeds this year will be of equal or greater value for the Salvation Army.

Palmer sat down with Jim Peay, Jon Kalahar and Srikant Bhatnager of the Salvation Army earlier this week to discuss the logistics of the tournament.

“We’re doing this for y’all to make money,” Peay said.

Palmer and the Salvation Army officials brainstormed ideas to promote the Salvation Army and its mission. Ideas such as posting Salvation Army statistics at each hole, putting signs around the clubhouse and setting up a disaster relief truck were thrown around.

Palmer even joked about putting some signs up on the women’s golf course and not just the men’s side of the tournament. She even laid out a rough plan for the day.

“At about a quarter to 1 p.m., I’ll do a welcome and a prayer. Then the country club will have the carts already set up for the teams,” Palmer said.

“About five minutes till 1 p.m. we get in our carts for a shotgun start.”

The scramble is scheduled to run until 4 p.m., with door prizes being given away afterward. The limit for the amount of teams in the golf tournament will be 20 this year.

“The more the merrier,” Palmer said. “We welcome hole sponsors, golfers and folks that want to donate door prizes.”