On Monday, June 17th, a sign reserving Etna Acres Golf Course was up for the 10th annual Teeing off for Teens Golf Event to raise funds for White’s Residential and Family Services. White’s provides residential, foster care, and adoption services for children and families statewide. Each year, business leaders in the area of White’s main campus in Wabash, Indiana, converge on Etna Acres whose owners – Gene and Joby Kaufman – provide the course, three meals, and lots of hospitality.
Fifteen golfers began gathering sponsors 45 days before the event. In all, a total of over $17,000 was raised. Dana Brady, Director of Development for White’s and the longtime organizer of the event, was more than pleased. “These folks come out here and play 100 holes,” he said. “They come to play, compete for prizes like ‘closest to the pin’ and ‘longest drive,’ but they know what they’re doing is helping kids.” The funds raised are used to provide recreational and athletic activities for the adolescents in White’s residential program as well as for the kids in the foster homes White’s recruits, trains, and supports.
“We’re so thankful to Enterprise Fleet Management for being an event sponsor,” said Kevin Trotter, Vice President of Advancement at White’s – and one of 9 White’s staff persons who also participated. “We had 11 hole sponsors as well: Beacon Credit Union, Berry Farms, Dairyland Seed, Eads & Sons Bulldozing, First Farmers Bank and Trust, Halderman Farm Management, Hylant, INGUARD, Kendall Electric, Shepherd’s Chevrolet, and Van Inc.”
“These funds ensure White’s facilities have the gear and equipment these kids will need to play club and team sports and participate in activities to keep them healthy,” Dana said. “Seeing the community come together to make sure they have these things is such a huge blessing. Additionally, we wish to thank Fastenal for providing bottles of water for the day, First Merchants Bank and Klosterman Bakery for the providing prizes for the golfers. We’re truly thankful.”