GREENFIELD — For one local organization, more simulated holes-in-one mean fewer hungry senior citizens.
Hawk’s Tail of Greenfield’s Men’s Golf Association will host a charity challenge Saturday for Meals on Wheels of Hancock County for the third year in a row. The 24-hour-long challenge begins at noon Saturday and continues until midday Sunday, with the public invited to face off against a group of Men’s Golf Association members on the golf simulators at the course.
Last year, this event raised more than $11,000 for Meals on Wheels of Hancock County — a nonprofit organization that delivered about 20,000 meals to Hancock County seniors.
Hawk’s Tail owner Mike Farrer donates the use of two golf simulators to the cause, and about 40 Men’s Golf Association members occupy one while members of the public are invited to try their luck with the other virtual golf machine.
Proceeds of the event will go toward Meals on Wheels of Hancock County’s new weekend meals program, in which two meals are delivered to clients on weekend days. Previously, meals could only be delivered on weekdays. About 20 people have signed up to receive weekend meals, said Andrew Jackson, president of the organization’s board of directors.
The proceeds also will go toward subsidies to help lower the cost of the meal delivery service for seniors, Jackson said.
Organizers are seeking senior-friendly canned goods, such as soft and low-sodium food items. The nonperishable items will be used to create emergency kits for Meals on Wheels clients in the case of inclement weather so they won’t go hungry if their hot meals can’t be delivered, Jackson said.
State Rep. Bob Cherry of Greenfield has attended the event before and said it’s always a fun evening.
“It’s for a very good cause, and they’ve got a lot of different things going on,” he said.
Participating in the challenge costs $5 per three swings on a par-three hole; attendees may also donate canned food goods to receive one swing per can.
In addition to the tournament, there will be prizes every hour and raffles throughout the event, Jackson said.
The event is always well-attended, Jackson said, but especially so on Saturday nights, with between 70 and 90 people showing up to cheer on the participants.
“It’s a good place for people to come out and have a drink and associate,” Jackson said.
Hawk’s Tail Men’s Golf Association 24-Hour Hole-in-one Charity Challenge
To benefit Meals on Wheels of Hancock County
12 p.m. Saturday until 12 p.m. Sunday
Hawk’s Tail Golf Course, 145 S. Morristown Pike, Greenfield
$5 for three swings or one swing per senior-friendly canned food item donated
Clients of Meals on Wheels must submit an application and a note from a physician on a prescription pad, even if the client does not have dietary restrictions. There is no age or income restriction for receiving Meals on Wheels.
Clients must receive meals for at least 10 business days or at least two days a week.
Applications are available at mealsonwheelsonline.org/eat
– $10 application fee
– $7.50 per client per day
– Prices range from $150 to $165 per month
– There is assistance available for those who qualify, but insurance is not accepted.