"This is one of the best golf outings I've been to. Everything from the food, camaraderie, and love is second to none.” -Quote from Realtor Dean Gibbie about last year’s event
Newaygo Fitness Club and Van Eerden Food Service will be hosting their third annual Charity Golf Tournament at Water’s Edge Golf Course in Fremont on Thursday May 30th. The event is a 4 person scramble so not only is there the opportunity to help support a local organization, there is the chance to see those scramble-produced numbers on the scorecard that most duffers only dare to dream of.
NF Manager Caleb Conklin feels strongly about the importance of health and fitness not just in the lives of individuals, but within the community as a whole. It is his hope events like the golf outing will help raise recognition as well as resources for those who share this vision.
Despite his hectic schedule we managed to catch a few minutes with Caleb to pose a few questions about the event.
How did this get started?
It began 3 years ago with the idea of bringing a community together in hopes of sharing our passion and awareness of health and fitness while raising funds for local programs involved in the community and its people.
How did the partnership with VanEerden come about?
Dean Curtis from Van Eerden was training with me and one day we got to talking about our golf outing. Dean felt this would be a great opportunity for Van Eerden to show it's true colors in our community. Their philosophy on health and fitness directly correlates with ours. I knew then it was a no-brainer and that they would be a partner.
Who are the beneficiaries of this years outing and what led you to select them?
This year we chose Newaygo County Prevention of Child Abuse. I spoke with Tara Nelson (director) at an event awhile back and knew right then the proceeds were to go to NCPCA. It was quite easy after she had spoken with me regarding her view on health and fitness.
Her belief is that healthy children lead to healthy adults. And healthy adults are more productive and drive a healthier economy. Ensuring the physical and emotional well-being of our children through the prevention of child abuse and neglect must be one of our top priorities.
The second beneficiary is Randy's House the recovery houses in Newaygo. Tommy and Tabitha Rake have been involved in this in hopes of creating a positive influence for those who have struggled with alcoholism and addictions. Creating a second chance through honesty and accountability is their objective in starting this wonderful program in our up and coming area. Randy's House uses exercise, nutrition and healthy living support, and provide holistic therapy including meditation and acupuncture. Their vision is based on providing multiple paths of recovery to those suffering from a substance use disorder.
Golf outings are traditionally a lot of work and take a lot of volunteers so…?
The entire Newaygo Fitness staff volunteers each year. We also have a few special people who back us in everything we do.
Why should people enter and take part in this years event?
We have prizes for Men and Women closest to the pin and longest drive. We also have a putt putt challenge. We give money for first place and second place will be a free foursome golf package at a secret location. We will be serving OLD IRON BAR AND GRILL'S BBQ EXTRAVAGANZA for the second year in a row. We pride ourselves on providing good food.
You can sign up online at newaygofitnessclub.com or call Caleb at 616-217-1650.