SARATOGA COUNTY — Beginning on February 17 until March 31, Tark’s Indoor Golf will be hosting Cabin Fever Classic Golf Fore a Cause to benefit Operation Adopt A Soldier. Four player groups are encouraged and it is $100 per golfer to play, paid golfers will also attend the awards banquet at Saratoga National and the silent auction for free. This is a multi-day tournament in scramble format.
“What is unique about event, versus other golf tournaments, is that it is the six-week format. So, if you’re busy this Tuesday, you can play Wednesday, if you’re busy during the day you can play at night. That’s great because Tark’s is open seven days a week. It makes it easy for people to participate,” said Gerry Magoolaghan, one of two originators of the event.
“Maureen [Ginter-Grabowski] and Gerry came up with this great idea and followed up with me a week later and it’s gotten bigger as the years rolled on,” explained Kent Tarkleson, owner of Tark’s.
Ginter-Grabowski and Magoolaghan were visiting at Tark’s bar a few years ago and came up with the idea.
“Kent looked at us like we were crazy,” Magoolaghan laughed.
“This is our 8th annual event that we’ve hosted at Tark’s and it’s just nice to know that we’re supporting a local charity and that all of the money is going directly to help out and support the troops. it makes me happy to know that we’re giving back a little,” Tarkleson said.
Operation Adopt A Soldier suffered a devastating fire to their building last August; they lost all of their supplies and building. They are strictly volunteer and profit nothing, everything they get goes to the soldiers overseas and to helping those families at home.
“We just thought this was a great way to help them rebuild,” Ginter-Grabowski said.
“Money is like water to us, we go through it so quickly,” Cliff Seguin, founder of Operation Adopt A Soldier explained. “Last week we paid four-thousand alone in postage,” he continued.
All proceeds from Golf Fore a Cause goes toward Operation Adopt a Soldier.
“This time of the year, things are slow with us so with this event it is really going to help us get through to the summer. We are adding on another 2,500 soldiers on our list so the need is there,” Seguin stated.
The presenting sponsor is Homestead Funding, of which Ginter-Grabowski is a branch manager and licensed loan originator, and the honorary chair this year is Matt Chauvin, attorney at Ianniello Anderson.
The flexibility of this event allows groups to register for tee-times that fit their schedules.
For more information and to participate in Gold Fore a Cause, call Tark’s at 518-450-7002.
For more information about Operation Adopt a Soldier and to learn how you can help further, visit www.operationadoptasoldier.org or call 518-260-9922.