Last year when Rotarians and their guests teed off for the second annual “Cool at the Coast” golf tournament, there were four countries in the world where polio remained a threat.
Today, there are only three.
India just celebrated its one-year anniversary as a polio-free country, according to a declaration by the World Health Organization.
Recently, the government of Afghanistan publicly thanked Rotary International for its efforts to eradicate polio in that country, one of the three remaining countries where polio still exists. Pakistan and Somalia are the other two.
“It seems almost impossible that people in Florence can have such a direct impact on something that’s happening 9,000 miles away,” says tournament co-chairwoman Deb Lamb, “but we can. Last year our club contributed more than $9,000 to the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign through our golf tournament and money raised in our local schools with our ‘Pennies for Polio’ campaign.”
The third annual “Cool at the Coast” tournament takes place July 21, at Ocean Dunes Golf Links.
Tournament organizers have lowered entry fees this year to $75 per person and $300 per foursome.
“We believe the lower entry fees will help us attract even more golfers than we had last year,” Lamb says. “We fully expect to surpass last year’s fundraising record.”
Premier sponsors for this year’s tournament are Three Rivers Casino and Hotel and Ocean Dunes Golf Links.
Other major sponsors include Peace Health, Sterling Savings Bank and Sea Lion Caves.
Oregon Pacific Bank is sponsoring the $25,000 hole in one contest.
For more information, visit www.coolatthecoast.com, or call 541-997-3232.For the complete article see the 07-03-2012 issue.
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