The Bennett’s Creek chapter of Sertoma held its thirty first annual golf match, its greatest fundraiser of the 12 months, on Oct. 15, on the Cedar Level Nation Membership golf course.
This 12 months, the match was rescheduled on account of COVID-19 restrictions and pouring rain on their authentic date in September. Now that Gov. Northam let Hampton Roads go to Part 3, their new date gave them lovely climate to get pleasure from a golf recreation, firm, and help of a great trigger.
“Having it earlier within the 12 months and as a result of restrictions that have been in place on the time, we wouldn’t have skilled the camaraderie that we may immediately,” stated Jonathan Foster, who’s on the board of administrators for Bennett’s Creek Sertoma. “We’re so grateful for Cedar Level internet hosting us and for the 100 golfers who’re supporting us by taking part in. A variety of the identical gamers come out yearly as a result of they imagine in our mission.”
The Bennett’s Creek chapter of Sertoma — the weird identify means “service to mankind” — hosts this golf match yearly to boost funds to present again to the neighborhood. Based in 1990, the Bennett’s Creek chapter strives to comply with the Sertoma mission assertion, “to enhance the standard of life immediately for these in danger or impacted by listening to loss by means of schooling and help.”
“I imagine in what we do for the wants of those children a lot,” stated Bobby Grandy, one of many founding members of Bennett’s Creek Sertoma. “Simply having the ability to work with children or the college programs to get listening to aids or gear they could want. Whoever comes for a necessity, we attempt to assist. We do rather a lot for the neighborhood.”
This chapter has additionally been acknowledged nationally for the fastest-growing Sertoma group within the nation.
“Sertoma Nationwide asks us how we proceed to develop whereas different chapters are dropping membership, however we’re simply obsessed with what we do, and we have now a great time whereas we do it,” stated Foster.
Final 12 months, Sertoma donated virtually $17,000 to totally different causes. The golf match is the largest fundraiser for the membership. The membership additionally raises cash by volunteering at giant occasions hosted by the Metropolis of Suffolk. As a result of COVID-19 canceling these occasions, the golf match funds are extra vital than ever this 12 months.
With this cash, the membership helps give listening to aids to folks, primarily kids, who can not afford one, however it will enhance their high quality of life. Additionally they give to a scholarship at Outdated Dominion College for a scholar in the direction of a level in speech-language pathology and audiology. In April of this 12 months, the membership strayed from its main mission by donating to 5 native meals banks struggling to feed the additional folks the pandemic has dropped at their doorways.
“This 12 months has been probably the most difficult 12 months for foodbanks on account of COVID,” stated Foster. “Most meals banks have been experiencing anyplace between 70% and 125% improve in demand for meals from their native neighborhoods. It was an eye-opener to see the road of households in determined want and was a straightforward resolution for Bennett’s Creek Sertoma to assist our native meals banks as a lot as we may.”
The Bennett’s Creek Sertomas are at all times on the lookout for folks with listening to and speech impairments to assist enhance their high quality of life. These in want, and even those that wish to help the trigger, can message the membership through its Fb web page.