The Richmond Register

Education

June 18, 2014

Golfers raise money for ‘Mike’s Kids’

RICHMOND — The Mike’s Kids Education Foundation has raised more than $70,000 in seven years for Madison County Schools with its annual fundraiser, a golf scramble at Arlington Country Club.

On Wednesday, 15 teams of four golfers had breakfast together, then went to separate tees to begin this year’s benefit scramble.

The scramble raised money from entry fees, some paid by individual golfers and some by team sponsors. Each of the course’s 18 holes also had sponsors, with some sponsors paying for advertisements on golf carts.

Each year, the foundation funds 17 grants of $500 each for literacy-based classroom needs. It also supports a $500 scholarship for a Madison Central student and a Madison Southern student every year.

Teachers have used the literacy grants in the past for iPads and listening programs that help young readers by highlighting words being read aloud in an e-book. Computer apps and text books also have been purchased with the grants.

Asked why they were participating, golfers were quick with the same reply, “for the kids.”

Lisa Caudill began the foundation in memory of her late husband, who was Madison County school superintendent from 2001 until 2007 when he passed away of cancer. She drove around the course passing out snacks, expressing appreciation and offering encouragement.

“If we can feed them and see them have fun, we’ve had a good day,” Caudill said.

The golfers received breakfast, and trophies were to be presented at an evening dinner.

Each participant received a tumbler with the new Mike’s Kids logo.

The team of Randy Neeley, Mattie Jo Neeley, Chris Clark and Reagan Clark won the scramble with a score of 56.

“We are overjoyed to provide opportunities for the students in Madison County Schools and to be a part of such a feel-good, fun day,” said Debbie Frazier, assistant superintendent and member of the Mike’s Kids Education Foundation board.

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