Charity golf outing raises funds and awareness for Families Against Narcotics

SWARTZ CREEK — Families Against Narcotics (FAN), Genesee County Chapter, will be hosting its 3rd Annual Charity Golf Outing on Sept. 14 from the Genesee Valley Golf Course in Swartz Creek.

The outing, which will follow a fourman scramble format, will start with 8 a.m. registrationanda9a.m.shotgunstart.There will also be 1st and 2nd place prizes, lunch at the turn, a 50/50 raffle, an auction and fun, gimmick holes.

The cost to enter the golf outing is $80 per golfer or $320 for a foursome. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to FAN’s Hope Not Handcuffs program.

FAN is a Michigan-based community program committed to supporting individuals who are seeking recovery from narcotics addiction, as well those who are in recovery and family members who have been affected by a loved one’s addiction. The organization seeks to dispel stigmas surrounding addiction and utilize education to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription narcotics.

One of FAN’s chief initiatives is Hope Not Handcuffs, a program which brings law enforcement and community organizations together to find viable treatment options for individuals seeking help to reduce their dependency on heroin, prescription drugs and alcohol.

Under the Hope Not Handcuffs initiative, people struggling with drug addictions can come to any of the program’s participating police agencies and ask for help. From there, they will be guided through a brief intake process to ensure proper treatment placement. Hope Not Handcuffs volunteers, referred to as “Angels,” help program applicants with paperwork and provide compassionate support for them until a treatment option is found.

Local law enforcement agencies who are participants in the Hope Not Handcuffs program include the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the Flushing City Police Department and the Grand Blanc Township Police Department.

To register for the 3rd Annual Charity Golf Outing, log on to events or send a check to: FAN Genesee, PO Box 90536, Burton, MI 48509. To sponsor a hole, contact Debbie at 810-252-7660.

The Genesee Valley Golf Course is located at 5499 Miller Road in Swartz Creek.