2017 Closing Remarks
September 20, 2017
BENEFITING: RESIDENTIAL SERVICES INC
EVENT DATE: Oct 23, 2016
Residential Services, Inc (RSI) is a non-profit charity operating in the Chapel Hill / Carrboro / Durham area that provides living options, and support programs for people with intellectual, and developmental disabilities. RSI promotes quality of life by maximizing self-determination, development of independent living skills, community involvement, meaningful social roles, and socially responsible behavior.
One of the benefits the development of independent living skills for RSI residents presents, is the great joy and companionship found through the adoption of pets. Across the 15 group homes, numerous independent living apartments, and North Carolina’s first ever retirement community for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, RSI’s residents have taken on responsibility for a number of pets adopted from the Orange County Animal Shelter. Part of this responsibility are veterinary costs, which as anyone with pets knows can come on suddenly, and escalate quickly. Unfortunately, this reality presents a uniquely difficult challenge to individuals operating on a fixed income. Earlier this year, a resident’s cat fell unexpectedly ill, requiring surgery. In this instance, RSI staff banded together and raised the money out of their own resources to assist the resident (and cat) in need. This was a beautiful act, however it highlighted the difficulty and uncertainty that these situations can raise.
The goal of this fundraising effort is to generate a standing fund to assist in instances where unexpected medical expenses for animals belonging to RSI residents arise. This fund would help alleviate the impact these instances present, and enrich the lives of the people RSI is dedicated to serving. In order to help raise awareness for this effort, Biscuits Whiskey & Beer is happy to announce the first ever Biscuits Whiskey & Beer Triathlon-a-Thon. This is designed to be a fundraising event that anyone can participate in, aimed at low-key novice golfers, bowlers, and pinballers that are looking to experience the fun of a charity tournament event without the large scale commitment they usually bring. We will be starting the day off at 9am at 401 Par Golf in Raleigh with nine holes of pitch n’ putt par 3 golf, followed by some bowling at The Alley, and cap it off with some pinball. In order to participate I would ask that you make a donation to the cause (every little bit helps, there is no minimum).
For your donation you will receive entry into the tournament roster, and some beverages. Donations of $25 dollars or more will receive a commemorative shirt, beverages along the way, and a shot at some awesome prizes throughout day (best score, worst score, hole in one, best ball, etc). If only one leg of the triathlon-a-thon sounds like your kind of time, you can totally drop-in/drop-out along the way, just be sure to meet back up at the end for the grand awards ceremony. Even if you are unable to participate in the event, I hope that you will consider donating to this fundraising effort, and participate in raising awareness through social media sharing. Every little bit helps, and every donor will be named when the funds are donated to RSI.
As a further incentive, I will be making the tournament shirts available in exchange for a $20 donation for those who like the idea of helping out, but are unable to participate. Please contact me directly with your shirt size so I can get those ordered. All funds will go directly to RSI.
What if it rains? If it’s really coming down and the course is closed, we will push the event off to the following weekend. If it’s really coming down that weekend, we will just do bowling and pinball, with a reschedule of golf TBD.
Do I need to pay greens/lane fees? You are responsible for the $8 greens fee for golf, and lane fees for however long you wish to bowl at $3.50 per game, Pinball is 50 cents. This is to break it up in case someone doesn’t want to participate in every facet of the event.
How much driving is there? How’s parking? The locations are just 15 minutes apart and have ample parking - The Alley is on Hillsborough St. but has a garage, and carpooling is encouraged.
I don’t have golf clubs, can I still play? The golf course has rental clubs available, or you can ask a buddy to share.
How do I get there?
Links to event locations and addresses for directions:
http://401pargolf.com/ - 5715 Fayetteville Rd. Raleigh NC 27603
http://www.bowlthealley.com/ - 2512 Hillsborough St. Raleigh NC 27607
Does RSI have a website?
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