For more than 20 years, a local service organization has hosted an annual golf tournament benefiting the St. Francois County D.A.R.E. Program, donating more than $100,000 to the program in that time. This year’s tournament will be held July 27, with registration now open for teams and hole sponsors.
The Park Hills Lions Club has been a major supporter of the D.A.R.E. Program in St. Francois County since its first golf tournament, held 23 years ago. Each tournament allows the club to donate approximately $5,000 to the program, which seeks to combat drug use in students through education and early intervention.
Club Member Mary Lee Faircloth said the importance of the D.A.R.E. Program has only increased with time, and the same with the importance of the club supporting it.
“As a service club, the main goal is to help people,” Faircloth said. “It’s always been a good program for kids, but it seems to me here lately in the last few years with the opioid crisis, everything you can teach the kids about abstinence from drugs and what can happen because of drug use is of primary importance. I think the program has become more important as the years have gone on.”
For this reason, Faircloth said the Park Hills Lions Club has continued to host an event which she described as being a lot of work, but very much worth it.
To make the event possible each year, the club seeks out the support of local businesses for hole sponsorships in addition to the participation of golfers.
The tournament format is a four-person scramble and will be held at the Terre Du Lac Country Club with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The entry fee for a team is $300, or $75 per person. Entry will be limited to the first 36 teams to register.
Along with a round of golf, participants will receive lunch at noon, on-course drinks, an evening meal and a chance to win hole-in-one, every hole prizes, flight and showcase prizes.
“Every year we have anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 worth of equipment that’s give away at the dinner,” Faircloth said. “Everybody knows that it’s not just frivolous stuff, it’s really good golf equipment.”
To register a team or a sponsorship, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 573-431-1083, or by mail to Park Hills Lions, c/o Harvey Faircloth, 509 Westwood Drive, Park Hills, MO 63601 or Park Hills Lions, c/o Mike Burcham, PO Box 231, Farmington, MO 63640.
The St. Francois County D.A.R.E. Program was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and is now being implemented in 75 percent of the nation’s school districts and in more than 52 countries around the world.