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Helping Hand holds second annual charity golf tournament -New contests, bigger prizes

By Vicki L. George Helping Hand publicist

Bandera County Helping Hand has partnered with Flying L Guest Ranch to hold their second annual charity golf tournament on Friday, March 30.

Both organizations have joined hands with long-time tournament coordinator Jim Keller to put on the best charity golf tournament in the county.

Golfers will register to play at 9:30 am on March 30 at the Flying L or they can register in advance by calling Helping Hand Center Director Jesse Parks at 830-796-8300 or emailing her at hhand@indian-creek.net.

The entry fee is a tax deductible $75 per player and that includes the green fee, cart rental, gift bag and dinner in the Flying L dining room.

Players can enter as teams or as
individuals. They will use the Florida Scramble Format and the Shotgun Start will be at noon. There will also be a silent auction.

In addition to door prizes and awards for Long Drive and Closest to the Pin, a Putting Contest will be held at 10:30 am. The entry fee for that is $5 and there will be a cash prize.

But the biggest news this year is the new Hole-in-One competition. The winner will get a brand new Chevrolet automobile donated by Cavender Chevrolet in Boerne.

Bandera County Helping Hand was founded 30 years ago by local churches. The ministers saw a need for a central and unified safety net for families in crisis.

Helping Hand provides food, clothing, and household goods for the hungry and homeless. They also pay for eye exams and glasses for children in need. Every year they provide school supplies to families who are unable to buy the required items. They provide utility assistance to clients in a cut-off situation. They have a program for emergency prescriptions and to provide medical equipment for clients who cannot afford them.

Helping Hand built the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic. The clinic provides basic health care to uninsured adults with low family income.

Helping Hand receives almost all of its income from donations and from the thrift store they operate on their property. In the last three years the needs have been especially great.

Helping Hand is seeking sponsors for all 18 holes. Hole sponsorships are a wonderful way to advertise a business and partner with Helping Hand to serve our neighbors in need. All of the money raised will stay with Helping Hand to serve families in crisis within the county.

Sponsorships range from $100 to $5,000. With all levels the name of the business will be prominently displayed and will be mentioned in the tournament report. At higher levels the business logo will also be displayed and one to 16 players, depending on the level, will play free. There are even more perks for high level sponsors. Sponsors should contact Center Director Jesse Parks well in advance, and make their tax deductible checks payable to Bandera County Helping Hand. Parks can be reached at 830-796-8300 or


Pictured: A Helping Hand Charity Golf Tournament golfer tries for a long putt in last year's tourney at Flying L Golf Course. This year's event is set for March 30.