By HEAL Staff Writer Jessica Martinez
The date has been set for Help End Abuse for Life, Inc. (HEAL)’s most anticipated annual fundraiser, the Deacon Bob Open. Proceeds from the four-golfer scramble benefit The Nest, Lincoln County’s first and only domestic violence shelter. On Saturday, August 5th at 1:00 p.m., golfers will tee off for an afternoon of fun at the Inn of the Mountain Gods’ beautiful championship course, followed by a BBQ dinner and awards ceremony.
HEAL’s signature fundraiser is named after the late Deacon Bob Racicot of St. Eleanor Catholic Church, who served on the HEAL Board and was instrumental in orchestrating the first event.
“We want to encourage golfers of all ages, gender, and skill level to come out for the tournament,” said Micah Woodul, HEAL Board Member. “Not only is this tournament a way to help raise money to help survivors of domestic violence, but it is an opportunity to spend an afternoon enjoying the outdoors at one of the most gorgeous golf courses in the country.”
The Inn of the Mountain Gods’ fairways are nestled among tall pine trees under the majestic Sierra Blanca peak. The Ted Robinson-designed championship golf course features meticulously manicured, tree-lined fairways, a beautiful island fairway, and fast-breaking greens.
“HEAL events and fundraisers are not only a great way to give back to the community, help support our local shelter, and raise awareness about domestic violence, but they are also creative, unique, and a really good time,” said HEAL Board President Sheri Rodgers. “We are grateful to the Inn of the Mountain Gods and their golf pro Daniel Nunez for the use of their beautiful golf course.”
The $125 fee per golfer includes green fees and cart rental, pro shop gift certificate prizes for top players, a golfer goodie bag, refreshments, various prizes on every hole and a BBQ dinner at the awards ceremony. A silent auction will feature golf equipment, apparel, and rounds of golf at some of Lincoln County’s finest courses. Mulligans will be available for purchase at $5 each. The tournament will offer several contests including hole-in-one, a 50/50 putting contest, closest to the pin, longest drive, longest putt, and enticing hole-in-one prizes.
Local businesses play an integral role in the success of the event. “We are very fortunate to have the continued support of our community. Hole sponsorships are mutually beneficial,” explained Woodul. “Throughout the course, holes will have customized signs indicating which participating business sponsored the hole. Many businesses even send representatives to ‘man’ a table, hand out small goodies or snacks, and greet golfers as they pass through. It is sure to be a fun day with an opportunity to showcase your business to locals as well as our summer visitors.”
If you are interested in sponsoring a hole or otherwise supporting the event, please contact The Nest for more information. Individual golfers or teams of four can register online at http://helpendabuseforlife.org/registration or by calling Sue at The Nest at (575) 378-6378.