Janesville golfers to test their endurance for charity

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

JANESVILLESix Janesville men will test the limits of their golfing endurance for a charitable cause.

GIFTS Men’s Shelter is sponsoring 100 Holes for the Homeless, a charity golf outing slated Monday, Sept. 18, at the Janesville Country Club.

Six local golfers have signed up for the golf outing, and each will try to golf 100 holes in a single day.

GIFTS is collecting pledges for each of the golfers. The pledges will directly benefit its project to build a 42-bed shelter and resource center inside a 9,000-square-foot building GIFTS owns at 1025 N. Washington St., Janesville.

The project, slated for completion in November, will enable the shelter to operate year-round with the help of more than 40 local churches that provide volunteers. It will offer meals, overnight accommodations, daytime programming and evening activities.

Donations gathered through pledges to the golfers will help fund a capital campaign to pay for interior and exterior renovations, repay a loan used to buy the facility, and set up an operational reserve.

Already, GIFTS has raised $1 million of its $1.6 million fundraising goal, according to the release.

Golfers in the 100-hole outing include Mike Ellis of Riverside Golf Course, Lance Marting of the Janesville Country Club, GIFTS Board of Directors member Dave Ellis, Riley’s Sport Bar & Grill owner Kevin Riley, Mike Schroeder of Old National Bank Investments and Mark Thomsen of Blain Supply.

People can make pledges per hole to any of the golfers by calling GIFTS campaign Co-Chairman Jon Wangerin at 608-436-3350 or emailing him at jwangerin@johnsonbank.com.

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