Golfers come out to benefit children's programs

RANTOUL — Area golfers got to be outside on a beautiful spring day and help with a worthy cause Friday at the annual golf outing at Willow Pond Golf Course to benefit Kids Foundation and Shop with a Cop programs.

Golfers were so eager to participate that organizers had to turn four teams away because there wasn’t enough “room.” Thirty-three teams participated.

“This is the most we’ve ever had,” Carla Toliver, an organizer of the outing, said of the number of teams, pointing out that golfers want to help with a worthy cause and they have taken note of the improvements made to Willow Pond.

“They’ve done a good job of making the course look great,” she said. “All of these people have been excited about coming out and playing ... to (benefit) the kids of Rantoul.”

All of the food, prizes and other items were donated.

Toliver said the CORE Group of Rantoul helped to sponsor the outing.

Rantoul police Lt. Justin Bouse said this December’s Shop with a Cop will be the third one held in Rantoul.

“Last year it helped 30 families with Christmas gifts as well as some clothing items purchased for families,” Bouse said, adding that the police department will also hold other fundraisers throughout the year for the program.

“We’ve had a lot of support the last two years,” Bouse said. “With the golf outing today, ... it just  shows we have further support from the community.”

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