Mayor to host golf challenge for animal shelter

With just less than $100,000 to go to reach the amount needed to build a new animal shelter, Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton is starting a golf tournament to help meet the $250,000 goal.

Benton will host the first Mayor’s Cup Golf Challenge at Tanglewood Golf Course on Sept. 7.

“It’s just another way we can continue to get the word out about building a new animal shelter , and another way people can support the cause and have some fun with it,” Benton said. “We’d like to raise at least $5,000 — lots of golf tournaments do better than that.”

There is a $380 entry fee per four-person team, and there also will be the opportunity to shoot drive shots against Benton. There are three sponsorship levels as well: A gold-level $1,000 sponsorship includes two team entries, two tee box sponsorships, four free daily rounds of golf and two Tanglewood Golf shirts; a silver-level $500 sponsorship includes one team entry, one tee box sponsorship, two free daily rounds of golf and one Tanglewood shirt; a $100 hole sponsorship includes a course tee box sponsorship sign and a free daily round of golf.

Although Benton said the Animal Shelter Committee already has raised approximately $144,000, he does not believe it is time to rest on their laurels.

“We’re doing really well, but we can’t let up,” Benton said. “We’re trying to have an event every quarter if we can.”

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