RIGBY — A local trucking company is gearing up for its annual charity golf tournament on Saturday.
Super T Transport is hosting its 7th Annual Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament at Jefferson Hills Golf Course in Rigby. All proceeds will go to the Military Affairs Committee in Idaho Falls.
Chelsey Stoddart, one of the organizers, tells EastIdahoNews.com that they look forward to supporting local veterans at this year’s event.
“With the (rising) food prices and fuel prices…we know they need (the support) more than ever,” Stoddart says. “The military affairs committee will help them if they have broken down cars, travel expenses, house payments and all sorts of other things.”
The event begins at 10 a.m. with a flag-raising ceremony and the national anthem. There will be a flyover of warplanes and several speakers.
“Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash and “Freedom Isn’t Free” by Kelly Strong will be recited. Bob Skinner of the American Foreign Legion will give some remarks, along with Stoddart.
More than 100 people will participate in teams of 2 for an 18-hole tournament.
“The golf tournament is sold out,” Stoddart said. “We started advertising about a month ago and people had to sign up. We have 108 players this year.
But everyone is welcome to attend the morning program, make a donation or buy a raffle ticket. Prizes include a mini bike, golf bags and more donated with the help of 68 sponsors. The draw will take place at the end of the tournament.
The tournament is expected to last until 4 p.m.
A local musician will perform in the evening.
The annual golf tournament started 41 years ago, but Super T has been hosting it for seven years. Stoddart says it wasn’t a fundraiser at first. She is happy to support a local organization through this event.
Last year’s tournament raised $21,000 for the Military Affairs Committee and over $125,000 has benefited local veterans over the years through this event.
“We haven’t collected as much (during the COVID-19 pandemic),” says Stoddart. “Last year it went up a bit. Just looking at our sponsors’ money this year, we’re almost at $20,000. But then we’re doing raffle tickets, a 50-50 pot, holes wagering and a bunch of other fundraising games throughout the (tournament) Hopefully we will at least match that $21,000, if not exceed that (amount).
Stoddart is grateful for all the support and she is thrilled to be back for the 7th year in a row.
“Super T hosts it but it wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors, players and community members who come to donate,” she says. “We appreciate all generous donations.”
Jefferson Hills Golf Course is located at 4074 East 500 North.