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The Huron-Clinton Metroparks Foundation is proud to announce its 2nd Annual Charity Golf Classic, slated for Friday, Sept. 14 at Kensington Metropark Golf Course. The foursome golf scramble will begin with a shotgun start at 11:30 am and end with a dinner and question and answer panel.
This year’s golf outing proceeds will support the “Get Out and Learn” program, which provides qualifying schools in southeast Michigan the opportunity to bring students out to a Metropark for a rich, engaging, nature-connective field trip, including transportation.
Huron-Clinton Metroparks Deputy Director David Kirbach sees the Charity Golf Classic as a great way to celebrate two of the park’s main focuses, recreation and education. “The Charity Golf Classic is a great way to reintroduce our regulation golf courses to the community. With proceeds benefiting schools in southeast Michigan we can give kids the chance to visit a Metropark, engage with nature and learn hands on,” said Kirbach.
“Our goal this year is to provide fields trips to more than 10,000 students. The program will give teachers the chance to register for the field trip that fits into their STEM focused curriculum and it provides transportation to and from the Metropark. We are thankful to have the Metroparks Foundation support this program and help us serve more students,” said Huron-Clinton Metroparks Interpretive Services Manager Jennifer Jaworski.
Huron-Clinton Metroparks Foundation and Development Manager Julie Hein, is excited about this year’s featured host and emcee. “We feel fortunate to partner with Darren McCarty, former Detroit Red Wings player to be this year’s featured host. Each foursome will have the chance to meet McCarty at hole 8 and have their picture taken. As an added treat, Karen Newman, current Detroit Red Wings National Anthem singer will also kick off the event singing the National Anthem and close the evening by emceeing the awards dinner,” said Hein.
Registration is open and available online for foursomes and individuals at www.metroparks.com/charitygolfclassic. Sponsorship and event information can also be found online or by contacting Julie Hein directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (810) 494-6041.
Kensington Metropark Golf Course is located at 13760 High Ridge Drive, Brighton, MI, 48114, (810) 227-8916.
A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is only $35 annually for regular admission, $24 annually for seniors or $10 daily. All Charity Golf Classic participants will receive free entry to Kensington Metropark the day of the event.