Valley View —
A benefit organization operating on behalf of local agricultural students is set to conduct a golf tournament in Valley View, one of three key fundraisers held annually.
The Friends of Valley View 22nd annual “Cow Chip” golf tournament, set for Saturday, June 15, is expected to help the organization closer to its yearly purse of $25,000.
“As soon as we spend the money, we start all over again re-raising it for the next year,” said organization treasurer Crystal Hickey.
The event will be conducted at the rural residence property of Clem and Pauline Lesch at County Road 204 in Valley View. Registration for the two-person scramble tournament is set for 7 a.m., with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. Proceeds go to students in Future Farmers of America (FFA), 4-H and Family, Career and Community Leaders in America (FCCLA). Hickey said the funds help roughly 50 students cultivate livestock projects for display during the yearly Cooke County Youth Fair. The money provides a boost, she said, that increases their chances of showing something that sells.
“We do it to make sure each one has a buyer,” Hickey said. “Basically, we don’t want any of the kids to get left behind and be left out with their project not being bought.”
The golf tournament is one of three large fundraisers conducted each year by The Friends of Valley View. Hickey also cited both an auction banquet and a raffle drawing, both held in February. This central trio of events, along with smaller-scale fundraising attempts, occur with the cooperation of the students and their parents as a way of helping earn their benefits. Proceeds vary but a five-figure total is ideal during a given year.
“Some years we struggle like anyone else because of the economy being down,” Hickey said. “That affects how much businesses will donate and it affects how much people will buy.”
Hickey also credited the Leschs for donating their property for the tournament, along with their other efforts on behalf of the Valley View organization.
“They go above and beyond to help in every way they can,” she said. “They find people to be whole sponsors, and they raise money for us all the time.”
Pre-registration is requested for the tournament. The entry fee is $35 per person, with caddies available for $10. Hole sponsorships are available for $50. The event includes gifts, door prizes and free lunch and refreshments for all ticket holders.
For more information, call (940) 395-2796.