Fleis scramble helps area kids get an education
Ted Fleis figures some day his golf game will be a winner.
But for now, he’ll just have to know the Fleis family’s Education Fund Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 18 will suffi ce.
The 18-hole fourth annual scramble, set for Sugar Loaf The Old Course, is one of two fundraisers for the Ed & Irene Fleis Education Fund, Inc. that will provide $25,000 in scholarships for descendants of Solon and Centerville residents next year.
“My wife and I play it every year and I plan on winning some time in the future,” Fleis said. “I just don’t know when.
“Right now my golf game is a scramble.”
Fleis said he’s considering expanding the cup size to an eight-inch hole to help improve the scores.
“That would probably help me a long,” he said.
Early entry deadline for the scramble is tomorrow. Cost is $70 per golfer and includes golf and cart, hole-in-one contests, beverages and lunch at the Solon Township Hall. Non-golfers can attend the luncheon for $10.
“We’ve got a dozen teams signed up early so far,” Fleis said. “I’d love to see another dozen.
“But you never know. Registration has always been a last-second deal.”
There will be four hole-in-one prizes including a 2012 Buick Lacrosse from the Bill Marsh Auto Group. Callaway Golf is also providing a voucher to each player which can be redeemed for $50 in golf merchandise.
“It’s very rare to go to a scramble and have so many prizes,” said Fleis, noting a couple of televisions and PC are also on the prize list. “We’re trying to make it entertaining and make sure everyone has a great time.”
The Fleis Education Fund provides financial assistance to individuals to help them with their higher education goals, whether it is through college or trade school.
Each year about $50,000 is raised through the golf and a Spring Fling (dance/auction) in Wyoming. Last year’s golf outing raised $20,000 with just 19 teams.
“It’s been incredible, the outpouring and support from the local community,” Fleis said. “It’s been way above where I thought the fund would be when it started in 1994.”
The scholarships awarded have grown each year from four $500 scholarships in 2006 to $19,000 in 2012. The fund has given out 76 scholarships, totaling $61,000, over the past six years.
“I’ve had an opportunity to talk with everybody that wins a scholarship,” Fleis said. “Whether it’s the parents or grandparents, it’s amazing their responses.
“Some have of them have cried over the phone.”
For more information on the event, contact Richard or Kris at the golf course or feel free to contact Ted at (877) 771 0775 or Ed Fleis at (231) 228-5939.