The Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling Golf Scramble at Crispin Golf Center at Oglebay Park Set for May 3

Photo by Joselyn King Members of the board of directors for the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling invite the public to participate in the Lindsey High Scott Memorial Tournament golf scramble May 3 at Crispin Golf Center at Oglebay Park. Pictured from left are Patrick Viola, Scott Brown, Mike Swann and John Pokas.

The Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling is seeking sponsors and golfers to tee off and help feed the hungry.

The Lindsey High Scott Memorial Tournament golf scramble is set for May 3 at Crispin Golf Center at Oglebay Park, and entry is limited to 26 teams of four.

Entry fee includes not only the round of golf, but an all-day lunch and a prime rib dinner in the evening.

The day ends with the dinner and awards reception, where winners of a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction also will be announced.

Sponsors also are needed for the event, with sponsorship levels ranging from $100 to $5,000.

The event is the Soup Kitchen’s biggest fundraiser of the year, according to executive director Becky Shilling-Rodocker. The soup kitchen receives no government subsidies toward its operation. It has an annual budget of $500,000.

“This is the only way we make money,” she said. “We invite people to come out and support the Soup Kitchen.”

The Soup Kitchen continues to be a popular destination for those in need of a hot meal. Last year, nearly 135,000 meals were served there, according to Shilling-Rodocker.

Each day, volunteers at the Soup Kitchen serve both breakfast and lunch beginning at 8 a.m. It isn’t unusual for more than 300 people to come in on a single day, she said.

In addition, a children’s dinner for youths and their families takes place each Wednesday evening at the Soup Kitchen. There are as many as 200 children enrolled in the “Just For Kidz” program, with 40-80 of them on average showing up for the dinners each week, she said.

Participation makes them eligible for holiday gifts at Christmas time, and back to school supplies and clothes throughout the year.

Those wishing to be participate in the golf scramble should contact the Soup Kitchen at 304-233-2992.

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