PARKERSBURG- Officials handed out more than $20,000 in grants Monday at the Parkersburg Rotary Club meeting from the Sour Mash Golf Tournament.
Representatives from Artsbridge, the Family Crisis Intervention Center, the Gabriel Project of West Virginia, the MOV Fellowship Home, Parkersburg Catholic High School, the Vienna Public Library and the Children's Home Society shared in $22,450 of financial support from the Sour Mash Memorial.
The 41st annual tournament, held in July, featured 118 golfers. Around $30,000 was raised this year.
Grant recipients of the Sour Mash Golf Tournament were announced at Monday’s Parkersburg Rotary Club meeting. Seven recipients received a part of $22,450 in funds. They are Rotary Club President Hal Foss, Alice Thomas of Vienna Public Library, Paula Schuchts of the Gabriel Project of West Virginia, Rotary Club President-Elect Dale Musgrave, Karen Robinson of Parkersburg Catholic High School, Shelley Plauche of Children’s Home Society, Patrice Pooler of the MOV Fellowship Home, Gerri Torres of Artsbridge and Emily Larkins of the Family Crisis Intervention Center. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)
''2012 was a very successful year for the Sour Mash Memorial,'' said Jerry Parkins, Sour Mash committee member. ''You would have to go back to 1998 to find a year when more money was awarded than we will do this year.''
The Sour Mash Memorial is a joint effort by the Parkersburg and Wood County Rotary clubs.
The Children's Home Society was the designated charity of this year's Sour Mash honoree, Doug Adams. Adams, who spent a majority of his career in Vienna as president and CEO of Ohio Valley National Bank, was considered one of the most involved and influential leaders in the Mid-Ohio Valley in recent history, organizers said.
''It was certainly our pleasure to be able to provide these organizations with this financial support,'' Parkins said.
A contribution was made to the Sour Mash Donor Advised Fund. The purpose of this fund is to respond to emergency needs of area nonprofit organizations, outside the time period when grants are made by the Sour Mash, organizers said.
A contribution will be made to the Bryce-Lietzke-Martin Scholarship Fund. The fund was established in 1990 to honor Dr. John Coyle Bryce, PGA professional Bruce Lietzke and Parkersburg Country Club golf professional Larry Martin. The fund is used to provide scholarships for post-secondary education to Wood County students who have shown an interest in golf.
The memorial also made a contribution to the West Virginia Golf Foundation's Junior Golf Fund in the name of Martin, who passed away last February.
''This fund was established by Larry before his death to support Junior Golf in the state of West Virginia,'' Parkins said. ''He was always a big supporter of the Sour Mash when he was at the Parkersburg Country Club and continued to support the event through sponsorship in his many years with Top-Flite and Callaway Golf.''