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