The Schuyler Golf Club is gearing up for its 13th annual Fall Frenzy fundraiser Sept. 29 at the course, 295 Higgins Drive.
Festivities will kick off Friday night with a chili feed and the beginning of the silent auction, which will take place throughout the weekend. Sunday’s events include the traditional golf scramble, along with a live auction and ribeye steak dinner to follow. All proceeds from the event are going toward the course to help with a variety of different needs, from appliances for the clubhouse to course maintenance to new golf carts.
“(The Frenzy) has always been received very well,” said Luann Vavricek, manager of Schuyler Golf Club. “People really look forward to it, they enjoy going out there, they have a good time forming their teams, coming in here, bidding on the items (and) they want to continue supporting the golf club so we can always be a valuable asset to our community.”
This year’s golf scramble has already proven successful, with spots filling up so rapidly that there was no room for any additional late entries to sneak into the mix.
“The tournament filled up so quickly because everyone really enjoys that tournament,” said Fall Frenzy Volunteer Sandy Seckman. “A lot of people that golf just enjoy getting out, knowing everyone else that’s golfing; they get into certain groups that they really enjoy golfing with and they know how important it is to keep their club going.”
The two auctions will provide people with plenty of opportunities to win a wide array of items and experiences, from tickets to Nebraska sporting events to meat from Cargill to assorted gift baskets and even some golf clubs. The items change year by year, with organizers and club management trying to come up with new experiences to whet the appetites of attendees.
“We’re always trying to come up with different ideas and packages that they will be interested in,” Vavricek said. “We try to make it family-oriented, as well.”
The auctions will also award gift certificates to other area golf courses, something that Seckman said is due to the fact that each of the golf courses in the area tries to support one another during the course of the year.
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“To make ends meet, we each have to support each other,” Seckman said. “If they would have a fundraiser, we, in turn, would offer a package for them to come golf at our course so that they can extend it to our fundraiser for their course, and so on. Everyone in this area wants to help each other out.”
A ribeye dinner will follow the auctions, which Seckman said is another highlight of the gathering.
“People come out for the excellent steaks, too,” she said.
The generosity of the attendees has not gone unnoticed by those organizing the event. Seckman is pleased that everybody is willing to pitch in in an effort to keep the home town course growing and thriving.
“Good old Nebraska,” Seckman said. “Everyone is so generous and willing to help one another. It’s overwhelming, actually, how much help we do get to put the event on and how many people are willing to donate to help.”
Vavricek is hopeful that people will support the event and the course with their presence, not to mention their wallets.
“The money is used to provide us with items that we probably need, but can’t always get right away to continue the course,” Vavricek said. “It takes a lot out there to keep that course beautiful. We hope that people will continue to be members and to support us.”
Zach Roth is a reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.