By Kelsie Hoitomt
GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City Post in the St. Croix County American Legion has raised thousands of dollars over the years for the children and youth in the county with the help of life-member Dave Booth.
Booth has been a member of the American Legion for over 40 years with the past 15-20 being dedicated to the children and youth of St. Croix County.
Booth is in charge of collecting money for the youth golf tournament that takes place every June at the Pheasant Hills Golf Course in Hammond. The money is collected from a wide variety of sponsors including local businesses in Glenwood City and individual donations as well.
It costs a $100 to sponsor one hole on the course, $50 for a half a hole or $25 for a quarter of a hole. In 2012, Booth raised $1,600 with the help of close to 40 sponsors who donated money and door prizes. Booth said he collected around $2,400 from the people of Glenwood City one year, which has been his best to date.
All of the money that is raised prior to the golf tournament and the day of is given back to the youth specifically in the county. The Legion donates the money back to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Special Olympics, Shriners Hospital for Children, Family Resource Center, Sheriffs Department for drug abuse, the St. Croix attorneys for drug prevention, to United Way for food shelves, for transportation to the Badger Boys State, to scholarships and to three youth baseball teams to pay their insurance.
There are nine Legion Posts in the county that participate in the youth golf tournament including Wilson, Emerald, New Richmond, Somerset, Hudson, Hammond, Baldwin and Woodville as well as Glenwood City.
Booth shared that in all his years with the golf tournament, the Glenwood City Post has continued to raise and donate the most money compared to the other posts in the county.
In 2012, Glenwood City had 16 holes and five door prizes, Hudson had six holes and 40 door prizes, Hammond had five and half holes and 31 door prizes, Wilson had five holes and two door prizes, Woodville had three holes and 11 door prizes, New Richmond had three holes and three door prizes, Emerald had two and half holes and ten door prizes, Baldwin had one hole and Somerset had 12 door prizes.
The golf tournament is scheduled for this June and is open to anyone who wishes to participate. The fee has been $50 in the past and that also covers drinks on the course and inside the clubhouse as well as a meal. Door prizes will be given as well.