ARLINGTON — Second Chance Animal Center is hosting its first golf tournament, Putt for Pets, to benefit its shelter operations, services and community programs.
“We are thrilled to be back in the community,” says Cathi Comar, Executive Director. “Since late March 2020, we have suspended our community outreach and fundraising activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so this year we thought a fun outdoor activity would be a great way to unwind. connect with the community while raising funds for our shelter operations. The board discussed a variety of options and agreed that a golf tournament would be a great way to engage our dedicated supporters. Putt for Pets will take place on Wednesday October 12 at the beautiful Manchester Country Club.
“Area businesses have always supported our fundraising efforts and this year Orvis is our Putt for Pets tournament sponsor. We are very honored to have their continued and generous support as we launch this new event,” said Maria Timmerman, Board Chair.
Other companies supporting Putt for Pets include Trust Company of Vermont as the golf cart sponsor; Steven T. Dean, PE, PC, as the reception sponsor; M&T Bank as corporate team sponsor; Vermont Vacation-Rentals.com, Coggins Auto Group, GVH Studio, VTS Equipment, In Stiches Fine Needlepoint as tee sponsors; and Orvis, Dorset Union Store, JK Adams and artist Lee Williams as raffle and silent auction donors.
All teams must register as a foursome – either a standard foursome or a corporate team. On October 12, registration will begin at 10 a.m. at Manchester Country Club and the Shotgun Start will take place at noon. Participants will enjoy an open beverage cart on the course, as well as a reception at the end of the 18 holes. This year’s hole-in-one prize is a car from Coggins Auto Group in Bennington. At the reception, everyone can submit bids in a silent auction and purchase raffle tickets for unique experiences and items. To complete the day, each golfer will also receive a special gift bag assembled with local treats.
The refuge also offers the opportunity for non-golfers to participate. Anyone can sponsor a registered sign that will be displayed along the main driveway of the Club on tournament day. These large heart-shaped signs allow everyone to honor or commemorate a beloved pet or special person in your life.
Registration for this event closes at 3 p.m. on October 6, so contact Second Chance now for four-way reservations, to sponsor an inscribed tee or sign, or to donate a raffle or auction item. Call 802-375-2898 for more information.