Have you ever seen a homeless dog or cat and wished you could do something about it? Well, here is one way you can help. Lots of our friends are planning our eighth annual charity golf tournament and silent auction to raise awareness and funds for animal rescue work and our spay/neuter programs.
The animal rescue group That’s What Friends Are For accepts tax-deductible donations year-round, but our big drive for funds is during the spring, a traditionally big season for litters of kittens and puppies.
We still have room for more golfers in a tournament that is filled with friends and fun. There will be a contest of chipping into a boat; a hole-in-one prize of a big pile of cash; and good food, beverages, gifts and prizes.
OUR SILENT AUCTION boasts donated items such as box seats and parking passes to an Atlanta Braves game; a gas grill; fun outings throughout the CSRA; art by local artists Randy Lambeth and Angie Magruder; jewelry; and much more. The delicious food and cold beverages bring golfers and non-golfers alike to enjoy the festivities with old friends while making new ones.
There are many levels of sponsorship available, starting with hole sponsor signs at $100 with any personal or business message on it, building to our gold-sponsor level that includes a banner with business logo that hangs in the Village Deli for a full year.
That’s What Friends Are For is an all-volunteer organization that networks with like-minded people to put the brakes on the pet overpopulation crisis that results in abandoned, neglected, abused and euthanized dogs and cats. Spaying and neutering companion animals to prevent unwanted litters is one of the most important components of responsible pet ownership, and we strive to provide assistance to pet owners that cannot afford this expense.
Our spay/neuter program also extends to stray animals in an effort the reduce the number of animals that enter our already-overburdened shelters. We also stress the importance of making a commitment for the lifetime of the pet anytime you adopt an animal into your family, to reduce the incidents of owners surrendering family pets to animal control.
THE ANIMAL-LOVING people in our communities are very concerned about making improvements to animal welfare. We hope that more creative and innovative programs can be implemented for more consistent solutions that will have positive effects throughout our region. It takes all of us working together, with compassion for all animals, to accomplish these goals.
Come out for a day of fun, fund-raising and networking May 3 at “the Patch,” the Augusta Municipal Golf Course. For more information, or to sign up for the tournament, go to our website, www.thatswhatfriendsarefor.org. Help us make this our biggest event yet. That’s truly what friends are for.
(The writer, co-owner of the Village Deli in Augusta, is the founder and president of That’s What Friends Are For.)