MERIDIAN, Idaho — About 125 golfers gathered on the green at Lakeview Golf Course in Meridian Friday to shoot a hole-in-one for a good cause and puppy paws.
Meridian Canine Rescue held its first charity golf tournament to raise money for rescue dogs.
MCR Volunteer Cassie Jordan organized the event with friends and family. Jordan says her love for the rescue dogs and golf made this the perfect fundraiser.
“We had to cancel all of our in-person events, so we really tried to think outside the box and decide what we could come up with that would be a way to raise funds and be outside,” Jordan says.
Hitting the links was the perfect way to raise money for the rescue and get the community involved.
A handful of local companies joined the tournament with teams and through sponsorships.
“Pet IQ is here today, sponsoring the amazing golf tournament put on by Meridian Canine Rescue. Pet IQ is really just about pet health and pet wellness, and so we love to be out here in the community supporting a local rescue,” says Pet IQ sales specialist, Amber Lembke.
Some players even came from other states for a chance to swing for charity.
“A bunch of us came out from Portland,” says golfer Adam Stockman. “Any chance to give back, especially for the canine’s, we’re all about it.”
Jordan says she didn’t expect the event to have this big of a turnout.
“This is something that I honestly never expected this big of a turnout. We were going to be excited if we hit 5 thousand dollars, and we’re projecting today to double that,” Jordan says.
Meridian Canine Rescue says they plan on making this golf tournament a yearly tradition to help raise money for their four-legged friends.
“I think this will definitely become an annual tournament. This was just a great turn out and a nice way to kick off the fall,” Jordan says.
All of the money raised today will go toward news supplies, toys, and more for the dogs at Meridian Canine Rescue. If you would like to donate, visit their website.