WEIRTON - The Boys & Girls Club of Weirton is busy planning its 10th-annual golf tournament, the organization's major yearly fundraiser.
The golf event is set for Sunday, with an 8:30 a.m. tee time, at Mountaineer's Woodview Golf Course.
"This is the only fundraiser we have the entire year," Boys & Girls Club Executive Director George Vargo said, noting the Boys & Girls Club receives support from the Weirton United Way and some private donations. "This is what keeps the doors open."
CORPORATE SPONSOR — Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort is among the corporate sponsors for this year’s Boys & Girls Club golf tournament fundraiser, set for Sunday. From left are, board members Mike Payne, board member Joe Alongi, Mountaineer General Manager Chris Kerns, tournament chair Kim Azzarello, Mountaineer Director of Human Resources Vince Azzarello, board member Sam Niesslein and board member Dan Marino. -- Craig Howell
TOURNAMENT SPONSOR — Hancock County Savings Bank and Gurrera Law Offices are among this year’s sponsors for the Boys & Girls Club golf tournament fundraiser. From left are, board member Mike Payne, board member Joe Alongi, Vince Gurrera of Gurrera Law Offices, tournament chair Kim Azzarello, Hancock County Savings Bank President and CEO Catherine Ferrari, board member Sam Niesslein and board member Dan Marino. -- Craig Howell
Vargo said the hope is to have 20 teams participate and raise $10,000.
Corporate sponsors for the golf tournament are Washington Automall, First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, James White Construction, Hancock County Savings Bank, Gurrera Law Offices and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort.
Vargo explained much of the funding from the event goes to support the Boys & Girls Club's after-school program, which provides meals, tutoring and activities for area children.
Vargo said, on average, 25 to 30 children use the after-school program each year.
Part of the funding also goes to upgrade computers and software for use by the children. Vargo said they try to update some of the programs each year to keep up with the needs of the kids.
"A lot of the kids don't have computers," Vargo said. "They use our systems."
Vargo thanked tournament chair Kim Azzarello for organizing this year's event.
"She's the one who really put this thing together for us," Vargo said.
For more information, or to register a team, contact the Boys & Girls Club at (304) 748-8238.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)