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Neighbor to Neighbor to host golf tournament

On May 6, golfers will tee off for a golf tournament to raise proceeds that help fight off senior isolation.

This is the 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to help fund Neighbor to Neighbor. It is at The Founder’s Club, 7829 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island. Registration begins at 11 a.m. along with a putting contest, cart assignment and a complimentary lunch. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m.

.Players will be treated to a round of golf, complimentary lunch and dinner, a digital team photo, and drinks. The cost is $100 per player or $375 for a team of four. If you just have 1 to three players, no problem, the golf committee will match you with a team.

There will be a 50/50 raffle, a prize raffle for a chance of winning over 25 prizes, a putting contest, and a hole in one challenge through Myrtle Beach Automotive.

Senior isolation can be a big problem anywhere, but it can especially affect areas where many people come to retire and often find themselves alone at a time when they can no longer drive. That’s when Neighbor to Neighbor, a program of Grace Ministries, can step up and make a huge difference in a senior’s life.

The organization utilizes volunteer transportation to take seniors to doctors’ appointments, pharmacies, and other places where they must go, but they don’t stop there, they also take seniors places where they want to go, places that make them feel better, such as beauty shops and barber shops.

Neighbor to Neighbor has over 200 volunteers, and could use more. They offer homebound and disabled seniors an opportunity to maintain independence when they might otherwise have to go into a nursing home or assisted living facility.

According to the agency, it is not about just giving someone a ride. It’s about the “ride, the conversations and the friendships that are formed along the way.”

“The mission is to connect volunteers, community professionals, and funders in designing, developing and implementing programs that impact the independent living needs of our adult community.”

Neighbor to Neighbor is an award-winning nonprofit that received the 2016 SCANPO Award for Nonprofit Excellence, which assures you that your money is being used efficiently and effectively to fight senior isolation on the Grand Strand and Waccamaw Region.

Neighbor to Neighbor, a program of Grace Ministries, began serving Horry and Georgetown counties in 2008 and is dedicated to promoting access to resources and programs for independent living. It is aligned with numerous partner agencies that help it to do that.

SCANPO, founded in 1997, is the only membership organization focused solely on supporting and strengthening the state’s nonprofit sector through education, advocacy, networking and leadership. In March 2016, Joe Kunkel, executive director of Neighbor to Neighbor, accepted the SCANPO Award for Excellence in Spartanburg. He says, “Receiving the Award for Excellence gives credence to the progress we’ve made and will continue to make…. This process has strengthened our board of directors’ passion for implementing the best practices set forth by SCANPO.”

Sponsors, potential volunteers and players may find more information at 843-839 0702 or you can register and see more information online at gracefullyaging.org or email golf@gracefullyaging.org.

Peggy Mishoe, pegmish@sccoast.net, 365-3885.

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