The local service sorority Beta Sigma Phi Alpha Eta will be hosting the First Annual Russell White Scholarship Golf Tournament at Bear Trap Dunes on April 7. The tournament’s proceeds will benefit a deserving Indian River High School senior with a college scholarship.
Sorority President Christina Meiklejohn hopes the tournament will earn at least $5,000, but added that the 20-plus member organization of local women are all pulling for a $10,000 tournament.
Russell White was killed this past June while serving his country as a Marine in Afghanistan. He was a graduate of Indian River High School. To carry out his memory and to honor White, the Alpha Eta sorority elected to establish the scholarship fund.
Meiklejohn said, “We couldn’t think of any better way to remember our friend than to see his memory carried on by educating a youth from within our community; the same community Russell loved.”
Area businesses and community members have already started contributing to the scholarship fund. Ap.Croll and Sons, TeamTimmons and Gulfstream Homes have come forward to help sponsor the event with the sorority. Many others have donated gift certificates and purchased tee box signs for the day of the tournament.
The start time will be 1 p.m. with an 11:30 a.m. registration. The cost is $100 per golfer, which includes green fees, golf cart, dinner and drink tickets. It is a shotgun scramble with a $500 cash prize being awarded to the first place team with and without handicaps.
There are still team slots open for the tournament. The public is invited and encouraged to bid and view the silent auction items, which will be displayed in the lobby the afternoon through the early evening on April 7, in the lobby of The Den Restaurant at Bear Trap Dunes.
“We are overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of our local community and are so proud to help serve this wonderful cause. The tournament will be a huge success thanks to them. We encourage any other businesses wishing to donate an item for the silent auction or to contribute to the fund to contact us,” added Meiklejohn.
Meiklejohn can be reached by e-mail at Cmarie13@aol.com or the vice-president, Dori Camper, can be reached at (302) 238-7712.