Cowgirl up for charity

Peggy McGee

The three Quail Creek Ladies golf clubs, the Ladies Golf Association (18 hole), the 9-ers and the Putters will be sponsoring their second annual luncheon to benefit four local charities. The planning committee unanimously decided to support Valley Assistance Services, the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank that serves the needy in the greater Green Valley area as well as Amado, Hands of a Friend which supports victims of domestic violence at Genesis house and the Angel Heart Pajama projects which provides pj’s and books to children in need. Together these four organizations help children, the elderly, the hungry and the abused.

Each of the charities is recognized by the State of Arizona as being eligible for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit up to $800 total for all charities that help the working poor. The credit limit is $800 for those filing jointly and $400 for single filers. The credit can be used by those who use the standard deduction as well as itemize. That makes donations a win-win situation since it helps both the charities and the tax payer.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and will include a taco bar and a specialty drink.

The fun will start at 8:00 a.m. when the 18-hole golfers will begin play for a competitive round of golf. The cost which includes lunch will be $50.50 for non-annual golfers and $20.50 for those with an annual membership. The 9-hole event will be opened to players with or without a golf handicap and will start at 10:00 a.m. All 9-hole golfers will start at the Topaz tee. The fee is $15.50 for those with an annual membership and $30.50 for all others. The Putters will also begin at 10:00 a.m. Their cost will be $17.50. Those who want to support the charities may attend the luncheon only for a fee of $15.50.

Reservations may be made through the respective golf clubs as well as at the Pro Shop. There will be separate sign-up forms for each group plus the lunch only option. Each person attending will receive a free ticket for a raffle that will feature golf, car washes, dinners and more.

There will be a Share the Pot raffle with each charity receiving an equal share in the winnings. There will also be four lucky winners from among the attendees.