First golf scramble held to benefit fatherhood initiative

| August 4, 2018

COSHOCTON – Forty golfers (10 teams) enjoyed a beautiful day on the golf course while raising money for a great cause – the Coshocton County Fatherhood Initiative.

“We were hoping for five teams, so having 10 is amazing to us,” said Aimee Matusik, one of the coordinators of the golf scramble. “I am so thrilled, since this is the first year it’s been kind of like the blind leading the blind.” All of the money raised will stay in the county and be used to help fund all of the activities offered by the fatherhood initiative, such as breakfasts and a pool party.

“We have a lot of donors for our group, but we wanted to try to raise more money so we can do more activities,” said Matusik. At a committee meeting, she suggested a golf scramble and the idea took off. “I can’t thank all of our volunteers and golfers enough. I really want to thank Dick Reveal for all of his help with ideas and how to get this organized and our corporate sponsors.” Corporate sponsors included AEP, ITM, River Greens Golf Course, Papa John’s, Ohio Fabricators, Farmers Insurance and Jeff Drennen.

“When I was principal in River View, I saw how much the fatherhood initiative helped children and their families,” said Frank Polen, who golfed in the event. “It’s a tremendous organization and it’s a great way to spend the day – playing golf and supporting this organization. I saw firsthand how much of a difference they make in lives.”

Noah Gallagher, from Papa John’s, was at the event to help, too. “My dad took me to one of the meetings. I’ve always believed in the importance of fathers in their children’s lives and this is a great way for Papa John’s to give back, in a small way, to the community. William (Johnson) has been the spark to this community.  He took an idea – to create free or cheap events for fathers to do with their children – and has helped so many people in Coshocton.”

Next year, the golf scramble will be held at River Greens Golf Course on June 22.  For more information on the fatherhood initiative, call William Johnson at 740-622-6208.

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