QRCF prepares for inaugural tourney

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) has come of age, and will expand its popular Big Drive for Charity competition into a full-blown golf tournament this year.

In the past, the foundation had partnered with parent Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s fall golf tournament. The QRCF hosted the long drive contest to lead off that event.

The chamber has traditionally supported the QRCF through an annual donation, and will continue to do so.

However, the Quiet Resorts Golf Classic should help spread awareness about the foundation’s grant and scholarship offerings. And locals won’t have to wait until fall to show off their tee shot.

The inaugural Quiet Resorts Golf Classic is scheduled for June 9, at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club, north of Millville.

QRCF President Rick Hundley said he hoped the date would fall nicely between April showers and the arrival of the summer crowds.

The entrance fee will be $500 per foursome, and include golf cart, lunch, awards dinner, a Quiet Resorts Golf Classic shirt and various other goodies.

As always, there will be a Big Drive contest — an extra $25 fee gets each golfer three shots and plenty of heckling during their backswing.

Hundley noted other planned extras, like a hole-in-one car giveaway and a putting contest.

While he anticipated little difficulty in finding golfers to participate, Hundley said the QRCF was still canvassing the community for sponsors.

He acknowledged a few early contributors — Cottage Café, RE/Max by the Sea, Morgan Stanley, Coastal Point and Hundley’s own Baja Beach Grill.

He also thanked Ernie Felici (Creative Resources Group) for his donation of time and effort spent producing the promo materials.

They still need more help, and are asking area businesses to get involved in any way possible. In return, sponsors will receive a nice bit of p.r., and help would-be college students turn their vision to reality.

The QRCF plans to offer three scholarships this year — the Bill Murray Memorial Scholarship and two general scholarships — at $2,000 apiece.

Applications typically come in from high school guidance counselors, and are awarded based on financial need (the Bill Murray Memorial Scholarship includes a public service aspect as well).

Hundley said he hoped the golf tournament would raise public awareness regarding the QRCF’s grant and scholarship opportunities.

“We’re only successful if we can both raise money and give it away,” he said.

While the scholarship program had drawn a good response, he encouraged other public entities to pursue foundation grant applications.

In the past, the QRCF has supported the South Coastal Library, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and CHEER.

Most recently, foundation representatives awarded a pair of grants to the Indian River High School — $2,000 to buy a pottery kiln for the art department, and $1,000 for a new treadmill in the fitness center. Both items of new equipment will head over to the new high school for the fall opening.

The deadline for scholarship applications has passed, but for more information on grant opportunities, visit the Quiet Resorts Web site, www.bethany-fenwick.org/qrcf.shtml.

Would-be sponsors can learn more from Rick Hundley, at 537-9993, e-mail Rick@bajabeachhouse.com or fax (302) 537-3828.

In brief, Big Drive for Charity, Driving Range, Closest to Pin and Longest Drive sponsors ($500 levels) get company names in advertisements and press releases and an opportunity to stow company products/literature in the goodie bags.

(Driving Range sponsors also have a chance to display a company banner at that location.)

Luncheon sponsors ($1,000) receive all the exposure as described above, and will be able to prominently display a banner at the luncheon event. Golf Cart sponsors ($1,000) also get the $500 level benefits, plus a company logo on all golf carts and tee signage.

At $2,500, Golf Shirt sponsors get a free foursome into the tournament, plus tee signage, a company logo on event golf shirts and again, all that is offered at the $500 level.

Presenting Sponsors ($5,000) receive everything as above, and then some.