OUR Credit Union’s annual Charitable Foundation Golf Outing helped to raise money to donate to local charities including the Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township.

OUR Credit Union’s annual Charitable Foundation Golf Outing helped to raise money to donate to local charities including the Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township.

Photo provided by Janice Maiorano

Golf fundraiser benefits local Kiwanis Club

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published July 15, 2021


UTICA — A local charity golf outing was able to raise funds successfully for a few local charities, including the Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township June 13.

The Kiwanis Club helps to raise money to complete different projects that benefit the local community.

OUR Credit Union’s annual Charitable Foundation Golf Outing, in its eighth year, at Cracklewood Golf Course in Macomb, was a record breaker. The outing sold out, and it raised more money than in years past, bringing in $11,500.

The golf outing included hole-in-one, longest drive and closest-to-the-pin contests. Each golfer received a bagel breakfast, hot dog lunch, beverage tickets and a buffet dinner, as well as chances to win prizes.

Janice Maiorano, senior marketing specialist at OUR Credit Union, said that, after a long year of everything being canceled and people being asked to stay home, it was nice to see people come out to the event.

“It was exciting to watch the registrations come in. People were anxious to get out and get involved. I am thankful to our Gold Sponsor: Detroit Tooth Company, and Silver Sponsors: Bullis Wealth Strategies and Cardelli Lanfear PC who made a huge contribution to the success of our outing,” Maiorano said via email.

Maiorano said the event features many fun activities.

“The event is a blast. The golfers and volunteers both have an awesome time. We raffled off about 12 gift baskets from things like hiking gear, Michigan-made products, camping equipment, coolers and more. We also have a 50-50, a putting challenge contest in addition to the contests included in the outing: longest drive, closest to the pin and hole-in-one. The scramble format makes this outing fun for novice and expert golfers. The folks at Cracklewood are great to work with. I can’t say enough good about this outing,” said Maiorano.

The entire OUR Credit Union team gets involved in the outing by either helping recruit golfers and sponsors, putting together raffle gift baskets, volunteering on the day-of, and even golfing in the event.  

Stephani Clancy, contact center supervisor at OUR Credit Union, said the staff really enjoys the event each year.

“We have a great group of staff who care about giving back and it shows — our golf outing is our largest fundraiser each year,” Clancy said in an email.

Troy Community Coalition, Turning Point Macomb, Teen Clean Closet, Utica-Shelby Township Kiwanis Club, South Oakland County Kiwanis Club and more have benefitted from their efforts.

Clancy said that, after the disappointment of not being able to host a 2020 golf outing, they were blown away by the golfer turnout and sponsorship support that they had this year.

“It was a breath of fresh air to be able to spend time with great people for a great cause! We are beyond excited about all the good we will be able to do with the funds we raised, and it is all thanks to the generosity of our golfers, sponsors and volunteers,” she said.