OTTAWA — Putnam County YMCA will receive a $66,500 donation this month from the Black Swamp Golf Classic that will provide funding for the organization’s youth programs and services.
The classic in its 20th year was May 19 and 20 at Red Hawk Run Golf Course in Findlay with 96 teams, 384 golfers from around the United States and four flights of golf.
In 2018, Putnam County YMCA received $48,000 in proceeds from the golf classic. For the past four years, Putnam County YMCA has received funds from the classic that are used for its programs.
Nicole Black, Putnam County YMCA marketing director, said it is amazing to be a part of the event. She as well as other Y volunteers helped volunteer at the classic.
“We are honored to have received this funding,” Black said.
According to a 2018 Putnam County YMCA annual report, there are 3,320 YMCA members, over 59,000 annual visits,and 200 families helped with financial assistance. Other statistics include over 300 youth participated in swim lessons, over 150 youth took part in school-age care and 700 youth participated in sports.
The mission of the classic is to support programs that improve the health, wellness and character of youth in the community.
In addition to the Y receiving the donation, the Findlay Family YMCA received the same amount in addition to the Braden Kramer Foundation.
Paul Kramer, golf classic representative, said over $2.4 million has been raised for the welfare of children in the area over the past 20 years through the golf classic.
“It’s our family’s mission to help others. YMCAs are important because they keep kids off the streets, teach them good health and social interaction,” Kramer said.
The Braden Kramer Foundation is in honor of Kramer’s 8-year-old grandson, Braden, who was diagnosed with leukemia almost four years ago. The Kramer Foundation became a part of the golf classic three years ago.
The Black Swamp Classic was founded by Paul Worstell, former president of Pro-Tech Coating Co., Leipsic, and the golf classic was and continues to be their community outreach. Kramer had assisted them with the golf classic and 17 years later when his grandson was diagnosed with leukemia an idea to create a foundation in honor of Braden to help other families dealing with pediatric cancer was formed.
During the event Findlay Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram donated a vehicle that was part of a raffle.
Sponsors were Pro-Tech Company Co. and City Uniforms and Linen, Findlay. Next year’s golf classic will be May 18 and 19 at Red Hawk Run Golf Course.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.