Roseville Optimist Club to host annual golf outing

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 14, 2019

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ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Optimist Club is inviting the local community to join it for its annual golf outing fundraiser on Sunday, June 2.

The fundraiser will begin with a shotgun start to the golf outing at 1:30 p..m. at the St. Clair Shores Golf Club in St. Clair Shores and will help support various programs in the Roseville area. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. There is a $100 entrance fee to take part in the golf outing and a $25 fee to attend just the dinner.

“We do our golf outing on Sunday, June 2,” said Roseville Optimist Club President Dana Frears. “It will kick off with the golf outing, and then we have dinner. Those who don’t want to golf can just attend the dinner. We raffle off several items. We do the Wagon of Cheer, where we raffle off different types of liquor or beer. It’s a really fun event. The whole community turns out.”

The outing is one of several programs that the Optimist Club hosts with the goals of helping local youths or raising money to do so.

“We’ve been around 27 years so far, and we try to be very active in the community,” said former president and longtime member John Surhigh. “We do the pumpkin roll at Halloween, we help out in the Big Bird Run in the fall and we fund different programs. We’re one of the bigger Optimist Clubs in the state, and I think we do a lot of good.”

All the money raised at the event will benefit programs aimed at improving the lives of children in the Roseville area.

“An Optimist Club is a champion of youth in the community, so all the money we raise is given away for youth-oriented causes such as schools, aiding teachers and other programs,” Frears explained. “We do scholarships for kids at the recreation center; we recently donated to a special-needs classroom so they could buy special equipment for kids with sensory-related issues, so they can be comfortable and do their work there.”

“Everything we do is for the kids of the community,” added Surhigh. “Any fundraisers, anything we do, has to go back to the kids. For instance, the golf outing is geared to fund student scholarships. We give a lot of money to (the Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe). There are a lot of kids who can’t afford the cost of lessons or classes at the rec center, so we set aside money from the fundraiser so the rec center can use it for those kids.”

The event organizers hope people will come out and explore what their local Optimist Club is doing in the community.

“We’re a good group of people who are all about making the community a better place,” said Frears. “We welcome anyone to come out and see what we do and perhaps join us.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.