Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight – Downtown Optimist Club

Evansville is an old city. History sings along it’s streets and byways. The Downtown Optimist Club of Evansville has long been a part of this historic song. Over two thousand Optimist Clubs exist internationally. The Downtown Club was chartered in 1921. It is the sixteenth oldest club in the world.  This April it will celebrate it’s ninety fourth anniversary.

Over the years gifts and bequests have established the club’s Downtown Optimist Club Charitable Foundation. And every year the DOC distributes gifts to numerous organizations about the tri-state whose purpose is to improve the health and welfare of children in need. Club members partner with the Salvation Army to “Ring the Bell” each year at Christmas time. And each year members’ donations to the Santa Clothes Club  are matched by a Foundation check. The DOC has a long and yet unfolding tradition of helping the children of our area. in 1940 it financed the building of one the first cabins at Camp Carson in Princeton Indiana. Each summer club members travel to Camp Carson to visit with the kids and bring yearly donations matched by Foundation funds. This past year it once again funded the building of another cabin in the camp’s five million dollar refurbishment project. Club members meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month in the Blue and Gold Room, ONB, downtown at 11:45 am. Speakers are invited to address members at each meeting. Mayors, police chiefs, city council members, doctors, lawyers, social workers and representatives from the many and varied charitable organizations about our area keep the members current with events about our city. The Club’s dedication and purpose is to do all that it can for advancement and wellbeing of the children in our area so that their voices can sing and be heard far into the future.

Support the Golf Gives Back Program. Purchase tickets at www.ulcgolf.com/golf-gives-back-2. Learn more about the Downtown Optimists of Evansville at http://www.evansvilledowntownoptimist.org

United Fidelity Hole In One Shootout

Hole In One Shootout 2015

The United Fidelity Hole In One Shootout to benefit Evansville Junior Golf Association will take place following completion of the 3rd round of play of the United Leasing & Finance Championship on the 18th hole at Victoria National Golf Club. Twenty individuals from five local qualification sites will have the opportunity to hit one shot from the fairway, 165 yards  to the 18th pin to make a hole in one and win a 2015 Cadillac Escalade courtesy of Romain Cadillac. Consolation prizes for closest to the pin will be provided by Brinker’s Jewelers and Victoria National Golf Club. All proceeds from the United Fidelity Hole In One Shootout will benefit Evansville Junior Golf Association through the Old National Golf Gives Back program.

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight – Chemo Buddies

​Chemo Buddies is a grassroots non profit organization that provides a group of dedicated volunteers who serve cancer patients while they are in the treatment room receiving chemotherapy. Chemo is time consuming — it can take up to 8 hours — and this leaves many patients without their normal support person or family. The Chemo Buddies volunteers serve as companions for patients, and help with snacks, books, games, blankets and the kind of hospitality you would hope to receive if you were visiting someone’s home.

Currently, Chemo Buddies serve patients at OHA, Deaconess (downtown) and at the Chancellor Center for Oncology and will serve over 18,000 patients in 2015.

As a local organization, 100% of your donation will be used to help patients right here in our community, so please buy your ULC Golf Ticket now, and select Chemo Buddies as your charity!

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight – Wish Upon a Star

In 1985, Carolyn Pfaffmann was working in Evansville, Indiana and was called upon to help a terminally ill child who wanted to go to Walt Disney World.  She reached out to her friend Carl Wallace and her community to help her accomplish this.  The overwhelming support and love that they received inspired Carolyn and Carl to co-found Wish Upon A Star, Inc. in 1985 in Evansville, Indiana.  They began to grant wishes to local children in Southeastern Illinois, Southwestern Indiana, and Western Kentucky between the ages of 3 and 18 who are suffering terminal or life-threatening illnesses.  Their focus was to help these tri-state children and their families fulfill what could possibly be these kids’ last wishes.  In keeping this organization solely local, with most monies being donated locally, it ensured that wishes would be granted in a timely manner and no wish would be turned away for monetary reasons.  To date, Wish Upon A Star, Inc. has blessed over 240 children with a wish in our community.

It is humbling to learn about Wish Upon A Star, Inc. and the truly remarkable people who began this organization and lead it still today.  What a gift to have such a valuable resource for these children who are suffering and their families.  During the time when a family can be faced with overwhelming burdens of caring for their child, this organization can bring such tremendous joy into that child’s heart with just a simple wish.

Wish Upon A Star, Inc. is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year.  Visit their website wuasevv.com or give them a call at (812) 425-9474 to see how you can help them continue to make wishes come true for our tri-state children.

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight – EVSC Foundation

Today, our charity spotlight focuses on the EVSC Foundation. Take a moment to read about this amazing charity!

The EVSC Foundation is a proud participant of the Old National Bank Golf Gives Back program that allows us to sell weekly grounds passes to the tournament and keep the proceeds!  When purchasing your $35 tickets, we hope you will select the EVSC Foundation from the drop down menu of the many non-profit organizations benefiting from this program!

Through its fundraising efforts, the EVSC Foundation made it possible in 2014 to make the following investments in EVSC schools that would otherwise be unavailable:

  • Scoreboard Sponsorship funding distribution to the five high schools with each school receiving $31,870 for a total distribution of $159,354 that directly benefitted the students in those schools.
  • The Jerry Hoover Campaign which provided $50,630 to North High School for the benefit of the Performing Arts Center.
  • The investment of over $40,000 was made by the EVSC Foundation through the Jon Michael Siau Art Gallery Fund to benefit visual arts’ students at Harper School, North High School’s Visual Arts Department, the annual Jon Siau Scholarship, and the support for students’ academic needs at various schools.
  • The EVSC Foundation’s Harrison High School Capital Campaign provided $221,490!  These investments were for shot-put field renovations, the purchase of athletic washing machines, and architect and construction fees for Phase III of the sport’s complex campaign.
  • The EVSC Foundation paid ProRehab $31,585 to provide athletic training coverage services for the five high schools that would otherwise be unavailable.
  • Through its fundraising efforts, the EVSC Foundation funded $12,266 to Adler Companies for the infield renovations and improvements to Bosse Field.
  • The EVSC Foundation provided $16,500 in scholarships!
  • In partnership with the Evansville Club Printing House Craftsman, the EVSC Foundation provided $36,640 for a new marquee at EVSC’s Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center.
  • In partnership with the Hamman Foundation, the EVSC Foundation distributed $70,088 to 37 schools for the benefit of at-risk students.
  • The EVSC Foundation was proud to invest $11,674 so Delaware School could have an additional school day.
  • The EVSC Foundation provided $5,000 in support of St. Mary’s Mobile Dental Clinic.
  • Through the Jacob Ball Wish Grants, the EVSC Foundation distributed $1,607 for special education programs in the schools.

Please choose the EVSC Foundation as your non-profit to support! Thank you for your consideration!

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight – Gilda’s Club Evansville


Today’s Old National Bank Golf Give Back Charity Spotlight features Gildas Club Evansville. If you are buying tickets for to the 2015 United Leasing & Finance Championship, read below and consider donating your proceeds to this worthwhile charity:

When cancer happens, it happens to the whole family and their support system.  Gilda’s Club Evansville offers support for anyone affected by cancer…for the one diagnosed with cancer as well as their family and friends.  At Gilda’s Club, you will feel understood and informed through a variety of workshops, classes, groups, and activities in a non-residential, home-like setting – all FREE of charge.

Whether you are in the midst of treatment, managing a reoccurrence, facing end of life, grieving a loss, finishing treatment, or are a multi-year survivor…anytime is the right time to walk through their red door.  Men, women, teens and children – all are encouraged to become part of their ever expanding circle of friends.

Want to know more about Gilda’s Club Evansville? There are several ways to do so:

  • Walk through the red door for a tour and enjoy  a cup of their Giddy Up & Go coffee
  • Visit their website at www.gcevv.org  and check out stories from members
  • Become a volunteer and help make a difference in the lives of individuals impacted by cancer
  • Like their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/gildasclubevansville and keep up to date on the latest happenings at the clubhouse
  • Buy a ULC Golf Ticket and select Gilda’s Club Evansville as your charity of choice

Gilda’s Club is a community of support for anyone living with cancer and their family and friends. They are open so that no one faces cancer alone.

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight – The Boys & Girls Club of Evansville

The Boys & Girls Club of Evansville has been serving youth in the community for 58 years. With two Evansville locations and providing educational programs and services to over 2,000 youth annually, the Boys & Girls Club needs you to support the 2015 United Leasing & Finance Championship by purchasing your $35 weekly pass and selecting the Boys & Girls Club as your charity of choice. The proceeds from your ticket purchase(s) will enable the Boys & Girls Club to continue to provide after-school homework help, financial literacy, cooking classes, physical activities, educational guidance and overall, will continue to provide greater futures for our youth.

With a yearly $10 membership fee, the Boys & Girls Club provides fun, education, food, field trips, access to community partners and a safe/positive environment. Thank you for purchasing your $35 weekly pass and supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville, where GREAT FUTURES begin!

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight

The Evansville Emergency Food Pantry Consortium, Inc. is a group of seven emergency food pantries manned by volunteers and located throughout the city of Evansville, Indiana. The pantries provide nutritious food products that the clients use to prepare nine meals for their families.  Low income clients may reapply every 30 days for food.  The pantries of the Consortium are the lifeline after SNAP (food stamps) and other programs have been exhausted.  In 2014, over 42,000 hungry men, women and children were provided nutritious food through the pantries of the Consortium.
If you plan to purchase tickets to the United Leasing & Finance Golf Championship, please consider donating your ticket revenue to The Evansville Emergency Food Pantry Consortium, Inc.
Additional donations may be made to the Consortium at: P.O. Box 2536,Evansville,IN 47728.

Old National Bank Youth Clinic

Kids pick up some golf tips from the pros at United Leasing & Finance’s youth clinic

Lone golf cart on driving range becomes a target

  • By Jessica Wray
  • http://www.courierpress.com/news/2014/jun/24/united-leasing-clinic/

Peyton Blackard has been playing golf since he was about 2 years old, but for his eighth birthday on Tuesday, he got a special surprise.

Peyton’s mom and dad took him to the youth clinic at Victoria National Golf Club — where he was able to use a professional’s club — and had the chance to show off his own skills to professional golfer Brett Stegmaier.

“I like putting because the greens are kind of fast and kind of slow,” he said. “I really like to play with my family.”

Stegmaier and the other pros leading the youth clinic, Andres Gonzales and Adam Hadwin, are playing in the United Leasing & Finance Championship. Tournament play begins Thursday, with the kids’ clinic and charity event “Stuff A Caddy,” which is a school supply drive, kicking off the main event.

The pros demonstrated for clinic participants long drives and — after some encouragement by the students — target hitting.

A lone cart on the driving range, picking up the stray golf balls, became the elusive target. And amid cheering and shouting, Hadwin was the first to hit the cart. The pros also signed autographs, posed for pictures and answered questions about golf and playing professionally.

Peyton, who is from Fort Branch, Indiana, wants to play professionally someday. He shot a 64 to win the boys 6- and 7-year-old division in the Pepsi Titan Little People’s Championship earlier this month at Quincy, Illinois.

About 180 youths from the Evansville YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club and the Evansville Junior Golf Association participated in Tuesday’s clinic.

Adam Feller, 7, said it was fun to see the professionals compete to see who could hit the cart first. Feller attended the clinic with his father, Mike Feller, who also plays golf.

He said he wanted to teach Adam and his son Ryan Feller, 9, to play golf because “it’s an individual sport they could play for the rest of their lives, and it’s fun.”

“I thought Adam would enjoy the clinic and get a tip or two from some of the professionals,” he said.

Mike Harper, the executive director of the Evansville Junior Golf Association, said this was the second year for his students to attend the youth clinic.

“This is amazing,” Harper said. “This is a learning experience the kids will never forget.”

“Photos provided by Kenneth May Photography”

He said his students range in age from 5 and 6 year olds to high school students.

The clinic, he said, is a great opportunity for young golfers who are interested in the sport and want to learn more.

“They were excited. They got to have a pro work with them,” he said. “There’s not a lot of opportunities for them to do things like this.”

In addition to lunch, the students received caps — which many of the students got signed by one of the three professionals.

Aly Kissel, a head counselor with the YMCA Evansville’s Downtown branch, said they brought their 9- and 10-year-old students to the clinic, which was something different from their daily activities. Kissel’s YMCA student group normally ranges from ages 5 to 10 — but the youth clinic was a chance for the older students to take a field trip.

“They were pretty excited,” she said. “They thought the long drives were really cool.”

Patrick Nichol, the tournament director for the United Leasing & Finance Championship, said youth clinics and other programs for children are a great way to get children interested in the sport.

“That’s the future of our game,” Nichol said. “I mean, we’re all wanting to grow the game of golf. And through the tour programs with First Tee and kids’ clinics that are held at events all over the country on all three tours, this is a way to get young kids interested in golf, let them see professionals and hopefully it will become a lifelong sport for them.”

Nichol said the professionals really enjoy working with the students.

“This is the most kids we’ve ever had at a kids’ clinic. We’ve set a record in ticket sales this year, and we’ve set a record in business sales,” Nichol said. “So we’re all looking forward to a good weekend out here.”

The tournament has a field of 156 golfers this year, with nearly 500 volunteers working the week of events.

“I’m looking forward to having good crowds,” Nichol said, “and for the business community coming out here and enjoying great golf and seeing the stars of tomorrow here today.”

The Web.com Tour Wives, Youth First and the United Leasing & Finance Championship will be sponsoring “Stuff A Caddy,” a charity event to collect school supplies for children in need.

The organizations will be set up in the Newburgh Walmart parking lot from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday. All items donated will help Youth First provide school supplies and classroom materials. There will be two Cadillac SUVs in the parking lot for those donating to “stuff” with school supplies.

Old National Bank also sponsors another component to the tournament, the Golf Gives Back program.

The program allows charities to sell weekly grounds passes to the golf tournament and keep the money. Grounds passes are $35 and must be bought online for the charities to receive the funds. There are around 110 local and area charities those buying tickets can choose from.

For more information on tickets, go to ulcgolf.com and click on “Golf Gives Back.”

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Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight

St. Clement Church is the Catholic Church at 422 E. Sycamore Street in Boonville, IN. The Parish provides for the spiritual, educational and material needs of the Catholic community in Boonville, IN and surrounding area through the Sacraments, Religious Education, Soup Kitchen, and various other programs. Our doors are open to people of any denomination.

The former church building provided the Parish a worship space for about 125 years. Becoming too small and too many needed repairs, a new church building was constructed and dedicated in 2010.

Through the many sacrifices and work of the parishioners, St. Clement is providing the funds to pay for this construction.

The United Leasing & Finance Golf Championship is a wonderful opportunity and charity for the Parish to work for these needed funds to pay for this construction, so the spiritual needs of the Parish can be met. We thank you for choosing St. Clement as your charity.