Sober Corps Gives New Spin to Golf Fundraisers

Sober Corps, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting recovery programs by providing life-skill mentors to help people through their first years of freedom from chemical addiction, is putting a new spin on golf fundraisers. The organization announced today that it is hosting the inaugural “12 Holes for 12 Steps” golf event to benefit Sober Corps. Fred Myers, president of Sober Corps, said, “We are extremely excited about this tournament. Golf events are a terrific way to raise money and awareness for great causes like Sober Corps. We look to help people recover to a better life while recovering from chemical dependency and a destructive life.”

Golf events to benefit nonprofits are notorious for dragging on for hours. Sober Corps felt that a 12-hole scramble tournament would work better with participants’ schedules while honoring the importance of the 12-step process associated with chemical dependency recovery programs. “This is all about raising funds for a great organization and having fun doing so,” said Myers. The tournament will be held at Braemar Golf Course in Edina, Minn., on Thursday, September 22. “We will be playing a 12-hole scramble event with a twist – each foursome will be playing nine holes and will play three of the nine holes a second time and record only their best scores on those three holes,” he commented. “Because everyone deserves a second chance,” he added with a glint in his eye.

Sober Corps began operations in late 2007. Recognizing that a recovering alcoholic’s or addict’s journey to reintegrate into society is difficult – oftentimes with little hope and no network of support – Sober Corps focuses on reducing irresponsible chemical use and negative behavior with serious consequences, such as drunk driving. With nearly 30 volunteer mentors on its roster, Sober Corps promotes life-skills training and networking to strengthen the recovery process. Services are provided at no cost to participants in the program.

The “12 Holes for 12 Steps” event is designed to raise funds for the general operating support of Sober Corps. “We are run extremely lean as an organization,” Myers explained, “but the positive impact on the community and the individuals we serve is well beyond the dollars we spend. Time and time again we hear firsthand from our program participants and their families just how significant their relationship with Sober Corps is. We are an organization that is making a real impact on the health and well being of our community.”

For more information about Sober Corps or to register for the “12 Holes for 12 Steps” golf event, visit the Events section of our website or call Stephanie Malon-Rufi at 612.767.4360.