Sylvania (13abc Action News)- It's day one of the Marathon LPGA Classic at Highland Meadows.
The tournament has been a stop on the tour for more than three decades.In addition to attracting many of the top women golfers, it's of course a big boost for the economy.
The Marathon Classic is the second longest running event on the tour. The tournament attracts tens of thousands of people to the Sylvania course every year and through the years it's raised nearly ten million dollars for more than 150 local children's charities. Judd Silverman is the Tournament Director,"Charity really is the icing on the cake of this tournament."
A lot of charities have gotten a piece of that cake through the years.
One of them that will get a check from this year's tournament is the Aurora Project. Robert Robinson is the President of the Board of Directors, "Aurora Project is a transitional housing agency. It's the only one in the region that allows women to keep their children with them while they are working through the issues of homelessness."
The tournament donation is coming at a critical time.The Aurora Project provides housing along with educational and wellness programs.The non-profit took a big hit when the federal government slashed funding. Cuts will have to be made, but Robinson says they won't be as deep because of the tournament, "The HUD cuts will be a $100,000 hit to our budget, so this was a God send to receive these funds this year."
Another non-profit that will benefit from the tournament this year is the East Toledo Family Center, a community-based neighborhood organization. Kim Partin is the Executive Director,"There are a lot of hard-working and dedicated people who want to stay in east Toledo and make it a great community which we know it is.Having the East Toledo Family Center is truly very special."
The money will be used to help fund the youth sports program which serves about 800 children,"There are so many great life lessons in youth sports, not just learning he rules of the game, but how to work with team mates.How to listen to your coach and why it's important to put in time to practice and prepare."
Just a few examples of how the game of golf is changing lives throughout our community, "It's what we work for. It is truly our mission. When you get to know all the people connected to these charities and see the great work they all do for our community you get attached to them and you want to help raise as much money as you can."