Hundreds of numbered golf balls will be covering the driving range of the Deer Creek course in the Landings on April 26 for The One Hundred Children’s Foundation’s Great Golf Ball Drop fundraiser. The OHCF will host an elegant picnic dinner under tents on the driving range, followed by a golf ball drop. Golf balls can be purchased for $100 and prizes will be awarded to the three golf balls that land closest to the hole.
The OHCF is finding creative ways amid the pandemic to continue to meet its mission of promoting the health, education and wellbeing of children through financial support of child-focused outreach programs in the Coastal Empire of Georgia and South Carolina.
“We knew we couldn’t plan for a big black-tie indoor gala like we’ve done in the past, so we came up with the idea of having a golf ball drop and raffle,” said Carri Stoltz, president of OHCF.
Located in the same spot as the recent Korn Ferry tournament, the outdoor picnic dinner will be held under individual tents spread out over the driving range with tables seating four to10 people.
The golf balls, each marked with a number corresponding to the purchaser, will be dropped out of a large bucket truck and onto the course. Tickets for the dinner are already sold out but golf balls can still be purchased and you do not have to be present to win. First place will receive $2,500 and second and third place will receive $1,500 and $500, respectively.
Mayor Van Johnson will be in attendance to officiate the event and determine the winners.
Stoltz, who has spent her entire career working with young children and volunteering in hospitals, said every penny raised through the event will go towards the foundation’s grant fund which will start accepting applications around May or June.
The foundation will evaluate grant proposals from other nonprofits in the area and determine which ones meet their mission and goals. Previous OHCF grant winners have included the Ronald McDonald House, Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundation, Camp New Hope, Cure Childhood Cancer and more.
When selecting the grant recipients, OHCF tries to look for unique and creative projects.
“We have really tried to be fairly broad and reach a lot of different organizations,” Stoltz said. “Ronald Mcdonald House this past year wanted an interactive touch table that families can come and play with when their kids are undergoing cancer treatments. There’s not a whole lot they can go out and do especially during this pandemic, so it’s a learning environment they can interact with.”
The One Hundred Children’s Foundation Great Golf Ball Drop will take place at 6p.m. on April 26 at the Deer Creek Golf Course in the Landings, 25 Deer Creek Drive, Savannah. Golf balls will be dropped at 7p.m. Golf balls can be purchased for $100.