34th Annual Whaley Golf Classic tees off on Aug. 26

GRAND BLANC — Every year, Whaley Children’s Center in Flint holds key fundraisers to provide for local foster children who have experienced neglect and/or trauma.

One of the center’s most important charity events is the Whaley Golf Classic, which will be returning to Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc on Aug. 26.

Entering its 34th season, the Whaley Golf Classic has become one of mid-Michigan’s most anticipated golfing fundraisers, featuring a full day of action at the prestigious Warwick Hills golf course. This year’s outing will follow an 18-hole scramble format, and participating golfers will compete in foursomes.

Prior to tee time at 9:30 a.m., the event will kick off with a breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by a live celebrity auction hosted by legendary Detroit Pistons play-by-play commentator George Blaha. At the auction, participants will be able to bid for a chance to add a celebrity golfer to their team—drawing from a list of star athletes, professional golfers and local media personalities.

In addition to the golf action, Whaley Children’ Center will be hosting an online silent auction that’s available to anyone on or off the course. The silent auction will offer many fun items, including golf experience packages, a custom dining room table with chairs, a digital billboard, restaurant gift cards and recreational experiences in Genesee County and surrounding areas.

Lunch will also be provided for golfers on the course’s back nine, and an exquisite dinner will be served once the outing concludes in the evening.

Altogether, Whaley Children’s Center receives 20 percent of its funding from donations and fundraisers. All money raised by the golf classic will go toward providing the center’s children with everything from Christmas presents to clothes and toys.

Having set a goal to raise $80,000 this year, Whaley Golf Classic organizers are encouraging local golfers to fill the event’s maximum number of 40 teams.

“We count on the funds at the Whaley Golf Classic to ensure that our kids can simply be kids,” said Mindy Williams, President and CEO of Whaley Children’s Center. “This is one of three crucial events that help bridge the gap between state funding and what we need to make sure that our Center is the best place for our children to call home.”

Sponsorships for the outing are also still available for area businesses and can be secured by contacting Dawn Wisner at 810- 234-3603 or DWisner@WhaleyChildren.org.

Williams and her staff also wish to thank the event’s title sponsor Client Financial Services for its continued support of the Whaley Golf Classic.

For more information on the 34th Annual Whaley Golf Classic, visit whaleychildren.org. or contact Olivia Nagel at onagel@whaleychildren.org or 810-600-0108.