The St. Louis, Mo. club’s fifth annual fundraising event for a trust that provides higher-education grants for qualifying employees and their families was a sellout and boosted the trust’s total assets to over a half-million dollars.
Norwood Hills Country Club’s Scholarship Scramble is a golf tournament and dinner event that has been held at the St. Louis, Mo. club for the past five years to benefit the Norwood Hills Charitable Trust, which grants scholarships for higher education to qualifying employees of the club and their families.
This year, reports Lauren Patterson, Norwood Hills’ Social Director, the sold-out 5th Annual Scholarship Scramble took place on Monday, July 6th, with 60 foursomes participating. The event raised a record total of over $85,000, Patterson reports, helping to bring the trust’s assets to over $550,000.
The generous donations from the Norwood Hills membership and sponsors will help award six new $7,500 scholarships, Patterson says, as well as scholarships to four previous awardees.
The six new recipients for 2015 are:
- Dorothy Brandon, who attends Goldfarb School of Nursing;
- Trace Jablin, who will attend Endicott College;
- Bria Lee-Robinson, who will attend Howard University;
- Joseph Mirth, who attends Fontbonne University;
- Nina O’Connell, who will attend Saint Louis University, and
- Jessica Washington, who will attend Tennessee State University.
The four renewal recipients were:
- Jarvis Neal, who attends Lindenwood University;
- Taylor Stewart, who attends Quincy University;
- Kenneth Hibbler, who attends the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and
- Danielle Lowery, who attends Lindenwood University.
The golf tournament was followed by a steak-and-lobster dinner, after which local sportscaster Frank Cusumano, a Norwood Hills member, emceed the evening’s festivities. Each scholarship recipient was introduced and given the opportunity to speak on what receiving this year’s scholarship meant to them and how appreciative they were that the Norwood Hills Charitable Trust had been established.
“The entire membership at Norwood did an outstanding job of coming together to support this incredible cause, and their efforts significantly impact the lives of the recipients more than many of them realize,” Patterson says. “The recipients are employees, or children or grandchildren of employees, so many of the members have a direct connection with them, making it a rewarding process for everyone involved.”
Norwood Hills hopes to continue to grow the success of the event each year, to make it possible to have additional scholarship recipients and larger scholarship awards, Patterson adds. “It couldn’t be done without the continuous support from [our club’s] outstanding membership and sponsors, who continue to surprise [us] each year with the donations and efforts that are made [on behalf of] the Norwood Hills Charitable Trust,” Patterson says. “Norwood Hills is thrilled to see the potential [of the event] not only through this year’s recipients, but for the many more to come in the future.”
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