Putting the Fun in Fundraiser

The Gulf Coast Humane Society hosts the 18th Annual Tom Keeler Memorial Golf Tournament in an effort to improve the quality of life for the over 500 orphaned animals in its care.

By: Kaitlin Calk

The Gulf Coast Humane Society (GCHS) was founded 70 years ago by a group of animal lovers, with Frances and Harvey Weil leading the cause. From its inception, the men and women of the society acted as humane officers for Nueces and the surrounding counties. In Corpus Christi, the society members worked closely with the police officers assigned to humane duties and the City Pound. We have expanded and changed in many ways since then, with the humane treatment of the homeless dogs and cats of the Coastal Bend being our constant mission.

For 50 years, we operated out of what is now the PALS Animal Shelter. That all changed in April 1998 when Tom and Cora Keeler very generously donated the state-of-the-art facility that we operate from now. This building is double the size of our old home, which allows us to help more animals and offer expanded education and services to the public.

As a no-kill, nonprofit organization, we depend solely on donations to care for the over 500 orphaned animals under our roof. Thus, without the kindness of the Keelers, the acquisition of this beautiful building would never have been possible. The annual golf tournament is our way of expressing our gratitude to the Keelers, and the fact that it is a fantastic time is just icing on the cake.

The 18th Annual Tom Keeler Memorial Golf Tournament is taking place at the Corpus Christi Country Club on March 18. There are many sponsorship opportunities to be had for you or your business, ranging in price in order to give large and small businesses a chance to participate.

As a tournament partner ($5,000), you will receive a banner onsite, inclusion as a tournament partner on radio and television and your logo will be on commemorative promotional items. You will also receive recognition on a hole and a golf cart, and this fee also includes the entry of two four-player teams. For a minimum sponsorship of $200, you will receive recognition on a hole; this is a great way to get your business’ name out there. These are just a few of the sponsorship opportunities available (for the full list, please visit our website).

On top of a round of 18 holes, there will also be a delicious brunch, drinks and amazing door prizes. Not only does participating in this tournament get your business’ name out there; it is obviously quite a bit of fun.

As stated before, GCHS is a not-for-profit, no-kill shelter. All of the hundreds of animals currently in our care will stay here, safe and sound, until they find loving, responsible homes. As you can imagine, the cost of feeding and providing proper veterinary care for all of these animals is very costly. While we hold fundraisers throughout the year, the golf tournament is one of our biggest sources of income.

All of our animals are spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated and microchipped. We also send all of our dogs home with their first six months’ supply of heartworm prevention, and we provide heartworm treatment to all heartworm-positive dogs upon adoption at no extra cost to their new family.

We strive to not only place our animals into exceptional homes, but also to educate the people in our community through our Humane Education Program. Our educational tours and presentations are focused on responsible pet ownership, including pet safety, proper care and treatment of animals, overpopulation and compassion for animals and one another. The program explains how our shelter operates, including volunteer opportunities and service project ideas.

All of this, in addition to the care provided to the animals while they are here, is made possible in a large way by the funds raised during the Tom Keeler Memorial Golf Tournament. We believe that this is the biggest benefit for our golf tournament sponsors: the knowledge that their company’s participation is feeding the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens of GCHS.

If you have any questions about how you can participate in the next Tom Keeler Memorial Golf Tournament, feel free to contact our fundraising coordinator, Denice Eliades, at 713-240-1438 or denicee@gchscc.org.

Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Humane Society

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