This Friday, April 19, Big Five Community Services will be hosting the Second Annual Golf Scramble at Lakeview Golf Course in Ardmore. The money raised during the tournament will help provide funding for the many services the organization provides to the community.

Human Resources Director Kevin Stinson said Big Five focuses on helping the community by providing outreach and emergency services to those in need.

“Our outreach program is designed to help people aged 60 and over find resources for minor home repairs, chores and that sort of thing,” Stinson said. The agency can provide grants of up to $250 per person for those eligible to participate in the program.

“We also have our family caregiver program,” Stinson said. “We can give some assistance if someone is caring for a family member age 60 or over who has dementia or Alzheimers.” He added this program also assists grandparents aged 55 and over who are raising their grandchildren.

Stinson said he particularly wanted to emphasize the prescription assistance program. 

“This program is not based on income,” Stinson said. “We just assist in forwarding information to the pharmaceutical companies.” He added that often patients are able to receive their maintenance medications at their residence through the mail, often saving the patient hundreds of dollars a year. In fact, in 2016, the last year for which data is available, the organization was able to save 274 people a combined amount of $246,514.

For those interested in participating in the Big Five Golf Scramble, the tournament will consist of teams of four, and the cost per player will be $100. However, Stinson said those who do not have a full team are welcome to sign up.

“There may be some partial teams, so you are welcome to come out and get the luck of the draw,” Stinson said. “The $100 includes lunch, green fees and cart fees.”

Lunch will consist of burgers, chips and soda and starts at 11 a.m. The tournament will begin at noon, and cash prizes will be given away for the first, second, and third place teams. There will also be cash prizes awarded for the longest drive and closest to the pin.

Stinson said those who want to sign up for the tournament may do so at www.bigfive.org or simply come to Lakeview Golf Course the day of the tournament. Big Five Community Services will be on site after about 9 a.m. for sign up. 

“It’s going to be a perfect, sunny day, so we’re hoping that’s really going to help us,” Stinson said, adding that he encouraged everyone to come out to help support the community. 

“We’re growing, and that’s because the need for our services is there,” Stinson said. “That’s what community service is all about — helping those in the community who need help, and I think it’s a real blessing to help people when you have the means to.”