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Helping Hand charity golf tourney in full swing

By Vicki L. George Specia

Bandera County Helping Hand and the Flying L Guest Ranch have joined hands with long-time tournament coordinator Jim Keller to put on the best charity golf tournament in the county.
Golfers can register to play at 10:30 am on Friday, April 1, at the Flying L or they can register in advance by calling the Flying L at 830-796-8466 or by calling Helping Hand Director Jesse Parks at 830-796-8300.
Entry fee is a tax-deductible $75 per player, which includes green fee, cart rental, gift bag and a barbecue dinner at the Flying L Ghost Town. Players can enter as individuals or as teams. There will be door prizes and awards for Long Drive and Closest to the Pin. The tournament will use the Florida Scramble Format and the Shotgun Start will be at noon.
The event will include a silent auction, featuring “must-have” goodies. Although many golfers have signed up for the tourney, the Flying L says they have plenty of room for more. “This is where you can go to get teed off and have fun doing it,” said a Flying L spokesman.
Hole sponsorships are a wonderful way to advertise a business and partner with Helping Hand to serve locals in need. Sponsors that have already signed on include Bandera First State Bank; Bandera Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Tex-X’s Retirement Services, Ltd, San Antonio; The Apple Store, Medina; Cohn Insurance Agency, Lakehills; Bandera County Christian Fellowship; Burns Garden Center, Leon Springs; Stephen Sells, DVM; William DuBose, DDS; Michael Douville, CPA; Peggy Huffman; Hondo National Bank; Bandera Auto Center; Calvert Heath Homes, San Antonio; Edward Jones, Jim Hart, Bandera; Bandera Bank; Hill Country Embroidery; D’Spain Sales & Service, Inc.; Gardner Welding Service; Bandera Wine & Spirits; Hill Country Telephone Cooperative; Camp Verde General Store; The Old Timer, Medina; Cowboy Capital Cleaners, Bandera; Woodman of the World Family Lodge; Bandera Computers; Medina Storage Units; G & D Steel Co., Inc.; The Dixie Dude Ranch Gift Shop; Comprehensive Physical Therapy and Bandera Fitness; Jim Chastain Excavation; Bandera County Farm Bureau; Dairy Queen; Bandera Veterinary Clinic; Vincent’s Automotive; Pipe Creek Water Well, Inc. and East Verde Creek Golden Retrievers.
Helping Hand is also grateful to donors that include Delmar Potter; Gail Cooper; Laura Tuttle, Hill Country Wholesale Distributors; MacNaughton Insurance Agency; Buddy and Marianne Sandidge; and Gary Johnston.
Businesses that have donated items for the silent auction, door prizes and gift bags are Gingerbread House, horse bookends; Butch Eby; BagBoy manual golf cart; Busbee’s Bar-B-Que, buy one and get one free coupons; Fellow’s Auto Parts, five gallon portable air tank; Bandera County Farm Bureau, various items for the gift bags; Bandera Style, flask; and The Dominion Country Club, round of golf for four.
There is still time to donate money or items for the silent auction by calling Parks at 830-796-8300. All proceeds are tax-deductible and will go to Helping Hand to benefit those families and individuals in Bandera County who are in need.