09UrbanGolfFayetteville Urban Ministry presents its 22nd annual golf fundraiser Saturday, June 24, at Gates Four Golf and Country Club at 9 a.m. 

“This will be our 22nd annual golf tournament, which is a fundraiser that we do, and we have lots of fun,” said Johnny Wilson, executive director of Fayetteville Urban Ministry. “We do a lot of raffles and have door prizes and gifts.”   

 The prizes include new golf clubs, a flat-screen TV, 50/50 cash raffle, goodie bags and first, second, third and last place team prizes. 

“Our goal is to raise $30,000, but our dream is to go beyond that,” said Wilson. “This money goes to unrestricted use, so we get to plug it in any other areas where we need it the most.” 

Wilson added that the purpose of the fundraiser benefits the organization and community in many ways. He said whether the money is used to keep up with the payment of salaries or provide services, it enables Urban Ministry to keep its doors open and continue serving those in need. 

For every dollar that is donated to Fayetteville Urban Ministry, 89 cents goes right back into service in the community. Eleven cents goes to administration. 

Fayetteville Urban Ministry offers four programs free of charge to Cumberland County residents. Those programs are Emergency Assistance, the Nehemiah Project, an Adult Literacy Program and Find-A-Friend Youth Program. Emergency Assistance houses a food pantry, clothing closet and financial assistance services for families and individuals in crisis. 

The Nehemiah Project repairs the homes of low-income homeowners with help from volunteer groups from local churches. The Adult Literacy Program addresses the adults in Cumberland County who read at or below a fifth-grade level and assists them in the areas of reading, writing, math, general academics, job readiness, computer skills and the English language. 

Find-A-Friend is a mentoring program that helps to modify students’ behavior positively at school, home and in the community. 

“This is a great day to be on the greens, play some golf and get fed well,” said Wilson. “We look forward to seeing everyone participate in this event.” 

The cost of an individual to play is $65, and a foursome is $260. Sponsorships are available. The first 32 teams to register will play.

For more information or to register, visit www.fayurbmin.org or call (910) 483-5944. 

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