Good Time for a Good Cause

The Gulf Coast Humane Society is set to host the 19th Annual Tom Keeler Memorial Golf Tournament Scramble.

By: Kaitlin Calk

The Gulf Coast Humane Society (GCHS) was founded in 1945 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 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 icing on the cake!

The 19th Annual Tom Keeler Memorial Golf Tournament will take place at the Corpus Christi Country Club on March 24. There are many sponsorship opportunities for you or your business, ranging in price in order to give both large and small businesses a chance to participate.

As a Great Dane Partner ($5,000), you will receive a banner onsite and 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, which is a great way to get your business’s name out there.

These are just a few sponsorship opportunities available; for the full list, please visit our website (listed at the end of the article). On top of a round of 18 holes, there will also be food, drinks and amazing silent auction items. Not only does participating in this tournament get your business’s name out there, it is obviously quite a bit of fun.

As stated before, GCHS is a not-for-profit, no-kill shelter. Every single one of the many animals currently in our care will stay here, safe and sound, until they find a loving, responsible home. As you can imagine, the cost of feeding and providing proper veterinary care for all of these animals is very high. 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 a six-month supply of heartworm prevention, and we provide heartworm treatment to all heartworm-positive dogs upon adoption at no extra cost to their new family.

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 and cats of GCHS.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, or to find out how you can become a sponsor, please visit our website at, call us at 361-225-0845 or contact Priscilla at

Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Humane Society