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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Q5: Golf Marathon to raise funds for The Guidance Center

  • Vicky Kaaz is Community Relations Director at The Guidance Center. A Golf Marathon on Oct. 1 will help raise funds for the center.
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  • Vicky Kaaz is Community Relations Director at The Guidance Center. A Golf Marathon on Oct. 1 will help raise funds for the center.
    1. The Golf Marathon will raise financial support for The Guidance Center. How exactly does a golf marathon work?
    Participants are challenged to complete 76 holes (one hole for each year TGC has been serving our communities) of golf in one day.
    Golfers and caddies register on our fundraising website at http://events.marathonfundraisers.org/TGC.
    The site provides golfers and caddies the tools they need to be successful fundraisers. Players and caddies set their own fundraising goal for the event, and then solicit pledges from friends, family and/or coworkers for a flat amount or a per hole completed dollar amount to be donated to The Guidance Center.
    All donations made to The Guidance Center are tax deductible. Kaaz & Lexeco Construction Companies, Reilly Insurance, Geiger, Mutual Savings, Exchange National Bank, Country Club Bank, Hallier Reed LLC, UMB and Great Western Manufacturing, have sponsored the event, so 100 percent of the money raised by this year's golfers and caddies will be used to support treatment, prevention, education services for victims or potential victims of sexual abuse.
    2. Who can participate in the tourney, when and where is it and how can people help out who aren't actually able to play golf? What will the day's agenda be like?
    Whether you're a pro or a hacker, if you enjoy golf you can participate in the event.
    For those who don't golf, but do enjoy the great outdoors, there are opportunities available to assist the golfers with fundraising as caddies or to volunteer time monitoring the prize holes.
    Starting at 7 a.m. on Oct. 1, players, caddies and volunteers will gather at the Deuce at the National (on Highway 45 in Parkville, Mo.) for a continental breakfast and registration.
    The event coordinator will provide players with an overview of the process and provide tips on completing 76 holes in a day. Yes, it is doable!
    As a matter of fact, a traditional golf marathon challenges players to complete 100 holes. Like a traditional golf tournament there are hole prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, hole in one, etc.
    Boxed lunches will be provided for participants and beverages will be provided throughout the day. An awards banquet, that includes dinner, will be held at the end of the day.
    Last year, most golfers completed the challenge by 5 p.m.
    Each golfer will also be offered a massage at the end of the day as an added benefit for a job well done.
    Not available tp participate on Oct. 1? Log onto the fundraising website at http://events.marathonfundraisers.org/TGC and make a pledge to one of the golfers.
    Page 2 of 3 - Pledges to golfers and caddies can also be sent to The Guidance Center. 500 Limit St., Leavenworth. KS 66948.
    3. For those who aren't familiar with The Guidance Center, what is its function and how does it help our community?
    Licensed by the State of Kansas, The Guidance Center is a non-profit Community Mental Health Center serving Leavenworth, Atchison and Jefferson counties. The Guidance Center provides a wide range of services, including but not limited to: individual and family therapy (including faith-based therapy) and psychiatry services, medication management, substance abuse recovery services, psychological testing and evaluations, specialized after-school and summer services designed for children suffering from serious emotional disturbances. (STAR) an in-house early childhood program and TARGET a psychosocial program available for high school age clients to assist them with learning and practicing life skills needed to transition successfully to adulthood; specialized services designed to meet the needs of adults suffering from serious mental illness including a daily psychosocial program; PATH, a program to assist individuals with mental illness who are homeless or at risk for becoming homeless, prevention and education services, case management, supported employment, transportation services, Same day Intake services and 24/7 emergency services including a daily crisis center.
    One of the primary roles of our organization is to facilitate the treatment of low-income, uninsured/underinsured individuals with mental illness in the least restrictive environment. The Guidance Center is the only provider of psychiatry services in the three-county area offering a sliding fee scale for individuals who have no other way to pay for their care.
    We are proud of our commitment to promoting recovery for children and adults with serious mental illness and substance abuse issues, and the many partnerships that we have developed in serving children, adolescents, adults and their families.
    The demand for mental health services in our three-county service area continues to grow and we continue to deliver on our mission to promote healthy communities. One specific area that has come to our attention is the need for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to preventing sexual abuse in our communities.
    As a result, a coalition was formed is 2102 to begin the process addressing the issue using a public health mode for prevention
    4. How will the proceeds from the golf tournament help The Guidance Center in specific ways?
    Our fundraising goal is $25,000. There are no public funds available to pay for the services needed to prevent sexual abuse in our community. TGC plans to dedicate the proceeds from this year's event to support the efforts of our coalition.
    Specifically, funds will be used to purchase prevention and education materials for our prevention and education project R.E,A.L.I.T.Y C.H.E.C.K, (Reminding Every Adult to Listen, Investigate and Talk to Youth Creates a Healthy, Empowered Community of Kids), and to provide treatment and support for uninsured or underinsured victims and their families.
    Page 3 of 3 - 5. How can people sign up to play, or help out on tourney day?
    Individuals can register to participate in fundraising as a golfer/caddie or make a pledge on our website: at http://events.marathonfundraisers.org/TGC. Information can also be found on the TGC website at www.theguidancectr.org.
    To volunteer or receive additional information please contact Vicky Kaaz or Keith Rickard at 913-682-5118.
    — Rimsie McConiga

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