Holy Trinity golf tourney raises $8,650 for local Habitat

Published 11:25 am Tuesday, September 13, 2016

They made it through about seven holes before the winners were determined by drawing names from a hat instead of teeing off on the green.

But by all accounts, the Church of the Holy Trinity’s 17th annual golf tournament fundraiser was no less of a success despite the rain.

“A good time was had by all, and we raised a lot of money for this group,” Jim Peay, Senior Warden of Church of the Holy Trinity and Golf Tournament Chair, said of the $8,650 donated to the local Habitat for Humanity during its board meeting Monday from the proceeds of the event.

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“It’s a fun thing. We had less time on the course and more time in the club house this year,” Beth Palmer, rector of Church of the Holy Trinity, said at the check presentation. “Over time, it’s definitely gotten better. Every year we go out to the same people we have in the past and then add a few more.”

This year’s tournament featured around 15 teams of four and 65 sponsors for the planned 18 holes. Though not all of those holes ended up being played, the donation was more or less the same as it has been to previous charities in the past, Palmer said.

“Each year in May or June, we just start pondering what local charity seems in need,” she said.

Around that time, a donation of apartments on South Street to Habitat made it into the newspaper and caught the church’s attention, Palmer added.

“It’s been a story we had been following for a while because it’s in our neighborhood,” she said, noting that it prompted her to reach out about Habitat about being this year’s charity recipient.

“It’s been about 10 years since we last were involved with Habitat,” she said.

Peay added, “We try to spread it around.”

This year’s proceeds will go toward Habitat’s mission of providing family’s homes, Habitat Board Director Abraham Green said.

“Not all good sounding things are false,” he said, referring to not recognizing Palmer’s cell phone number when she first reached out to him and being briefly skeptical of the legitimacy of the call.

Turns out he had nothing to worry about.

“We thank you of thinking of Habitat,” he said. “The money will go toward a family home.”