URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Golfers at a local course weren’t expecting difficult tasks at an event Tuesday.
The Urbana Country Club was raising money for Folds of Honor; a charity giving money to families of fallen or disabled veterans. More than 100 golfers attended to get in a round on the green for a good cause.
While there, they could compete in other games to help raise more money. Each event would give them a leg up on the course or even earn them a prize.
The biggest event of the day was the Helicopter Ball Drop. It was a perfect afternoon for a round of 18-holes. Golfers were supporting military families by raising money for charity.
“Folds of Honor, 9/11 remembrance and today is Patriot’s Day.”
Golfers on the green were in for a little treat.
“There’s one. A 53-yard shot into a baby pool into the pond.”
Several holes were filled with fun games to help collect extra money. There was javelin.
“I hate to roll back to the college days, but the javelin, I got a whole 20-yards maybe, maybe 20-yards.”
Golfing from difficult tees.
“It was good. It was good. A little to the left, a little to the left, but in the fairway.”
And attempted golfing.
“Trying to hit a golf ball.”
But, the event everyone was looking forward to was the ball drop.
“I don’t know. I’ve got my fingers crossed.”
Golfers donated money to charity in the hopes of winning the 50/50 raffle. They picked the person who would be dropping the balls very carefully.
“When I toss these balls out of the helicopter, the one closest to the target wins.”
Flying dozens of feet into the air right over the target, hanging out the door and tipping over the golf balls. In the end, there was one lucky winner.
“What a great benefit this is.”
But, it’s just a small giveaway. The entire event raised $15,000 for a spouse or child of an American fallen or disabled veteran.