Golf outing to support Meals on Wheels

EVART — In Osceola County, about 150 people each week rely on the Meals on Wheels program. With cuts to the budget each year, it is important the service remains well-funded.

“Meals on Wheels is very important,” said Osceola County Commission on Aging Director Scott Schryer. “If it wasn’t around, it would be absolutely devastating for a number of seniors in the county.”

It costs about $17,000 per month to fully equip the program with food, transportation and staffing. However, the commission’s budget keeps shrinking due to budget cuts from the state and federal authorities. Since 2009, the commission has sustained cuts of 23 percent, and more are expected to come next year, Schryer said.

To help raise money for the program, the 3rd annual golf sramble will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at Spring Valley Golf Course, located on U.S.10 in Hersey. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. It is one of four major annual fundraisers the commission hosts.

“This golf outing is going to be a blast. We’re adding things this year to make it a little more fun and different from other scrambles,” Schryer said.

The cost to play is $50 per person or $200 per team and includes 18 holes, a golf cart and lunch. A steak dinner is also offered after the event.

“The golf scramble brings awareness to the Commission on Aging, its services and how it can help keep diseases away through being social with others,” Schryer added.

Prizes will be given for first, second and third place. Golfers can also compete in contests like the longest drive, longest putt, hole-in-one and closest to hole.

All money raised at the event will benefit the Meals on Wheels program and go directly toward the the cost of raw food.

For more information, call the Osceola Commission on Aging at (231) 734-5559.