Without one Monday in each of the previous 16 years, hundreds of local youth would not have been given an opportunity to grow and learn through a pivotal summer program.
Without that one Monday, a place and organization that has inspired many of Elizabethton and Carter County’s children for over 40 years may not be in operation as we know it today.
Raising more than $300,000 to support the children in Elizabethton and Carter County, one day in June has been called the “best Monday of the year” locally — and for good reason. With funds raised to benefit a vital part of the local community, the Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County, the annual Dino Senesi Golf Tournament presented by AT&T returns to Elizabethton Golf Course Monday, June 18 with the annual goal of supporting the annual summer program and yearly maintenance of the local club.
“We’re able to give scholarships to kids because local businesses sponsor our golf tournament,” said club director John Malone. “Let’s say it costs 300 dollars for some of our kids to come to the Boys and Girls Club for the whole summer, some of our kids can’t afford it. But by sponsoring the Dino Senesi Golf Tournament, that allows the kid to come free of charge. It’s an opportunity for a business to really give back to a community and it goes to a cause that goes directly to serve the kids.”
A tournament that was regularly filled to the brim in past years, 10 team and several sponsor slots remain for the event which was established in 1995 to honor Dino Senesi, the local restauranteur who has been an integral part of the community for many years.
Senesi served on the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors for more than 30 years and raised thousands of dollars for the kids of the community, recognizing what a difference the club can make in the lives of the local youth.
AT&T returns as the title sponsor, while Century Link and Bojangles have maintained strong relationships with the tournament as corporate sponsors. Forty businesses, Malone said, are donating anywhere from 50 to 500 dollars to sponsor scholarships for kids in the summer program.
For $400, a business can enter a team of four at $100 per player in the four-man select shot tournament, while $500 enters a team and sponsors a hole on the course during the event.
All players will receive a Dino Senesi golf towel, a special lunch at 12 o’clock followed by a round of golf on the Elizabethton Golf Course greens at 1. Dinner from Outback Steakhouse follows the tournament along with the annual door prize drawing. Coca-Cola is providing drinks once again for the event.
Golfers will also receive a large goody bag sponsored by Donate To Life, with items from several local sponsors going to every golfer.
“It’s a great deal, for 100 dollars you get all of this including a round of golf,” Malone said. “All of that money is going to help the kids at the club. It’s a win-win for everybody.”
On top of the local summer program, the funds raised will go towards projects such as the re-furnishing of the gymnasium floors in the facility and constant maintenance projects. It also supports the summer staff, many of whom work for very little money.
“To have a tournament like this, it keeps the doors open,” added Malone. “We have a staff that works for next to nothing but gives their hearts and souls and this tournament allows us to keep this staff. The pay is not very much money, but it allows us to keep quality staff in here and keep the doors open.
“Without the Dino Senesi Golf Tournament we would be in a lot of trouble. It’s not just to sponsor, it’s every player that comes out and plays — you get food and prizes and all of that — but every second you’re out there, you’re serving these kids. It’s a great opportunity for anybody.”
For more information or to register for the Dino Senesi Golf Tournament, golfers can call the Boys and Girls Club at 543-2946 or visit dinosenesigolf.com.