Trail Smoke Eaters: Alumni fundraiser in trouble

Low registration threatens annual golf fundraising event.

The Trail Smoke Eaters Alumni and Friends Eighth Annual Golf Fundraiser is in jeopardy, as organizers scramble to get residents and hockey fans to register.

With the Monday registration deadline looming for the July 5 and 6 event, Trail Smoke Eater president Tom Gawryletz says that there just hasn’t been enough interest to justify going ahead with the event, which is generally one of the biggest fundraisers for the Smoke Eater hockey club.

“We’ll wait until Monday, and we hope those people who have committed (verbally) will sign up this weekend, otherwise we’ll have to cancel.”

Organizers need to have an idea on numbers in order to book caterers and tee times at the golf course. The event includes a Friday night meet and greet, live and silent auctions, a $5,000 putting contest, and the chance to win a Ford F-150 hole-in-one prize valued at $50,000.

The 18-hole, three-man scramble is a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Saturday, culminating in a barbecue dinner with over $5,000 in prizes.

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