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Release: Nov. 13, 2002
Iowa Lions golf tournaments to assist in funding sight and hearing
programs for kids
Amateur golfers across Iowa will have opportunities next year to play in
a series of statewide tournaments sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Iowa to
help children see and hear better.
Organizers announced the tournament series at the site of one of the stops
on the tour, Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, which will host golfers on
May 16, 2003. Event co-chairs Lori Short and Pat Mason explained that the
proceeds will help fund programs that provide vision and hearing services
"The tournaments promise to be a fun experience for participants and
a great way to help Iowa's kids," Short said.
The tournaments will be played on the state's finest courses, such as Finkbine,
and will be supervised by Iowa Section PGA professionals and managed by Lou
King & Associates. Participants will include Iowa celebrities and will
all be played under a "scramble" format, which allows players of
all skill levels to participate.
A substantial portion of the tournament entry fee will be tax deductible,
since proceeds fund programs supported by the Iowa Lions Foundation, such
as Coming To Your Senses, which provides early screening of vision and hearing
for preschool children, and the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, which helps restore sight
to Iowa's blind and visually impaired through corneal transplantation. Both
of these programs are supported by partnerships between the Lions of Iowa
and the University of Iowa department of ophthalmology and visual sciences.
"Vision loss affects a significant portion of our population,"
said William Scott, M.D., UI professor emeritus of ophthalmology and visual
sciences, and ophthalmology medical director of Coming To Your Senses. "Early
detection and treatment can prevent permanent and debilitating loss of sight.
Currently children are not routinely screened until they enter school. For
many, this is too late."
Nearly 13,000 Lions and Lionesses, representing nearly 400 clubs in the
state, support sight and hearing programs in their own communities through
the Iowa Lions Foundation.
For more information or to enter the May 16, 2003 Finkbine Golf Course tournament,
contact Pat Mason at (319) 356-1046 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Lori Short at (319) 353-7616 or email@example.com.
For additional information about the tournament series, contact Bob King at
(319) 828-1132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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