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First Kids Need Kiwanis Golf Tournament held

Posted at 7:41 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 20:41:34-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — The first-ever Kids Need Kiwanis Golf Tournament was held Monday at The Wetlands Golf Course in Lafayette.

This was the club's major fundraising event this year after high school football jamborees across the state were canceled due to COVID-19.

As always, 100% of all proceeds go to programs in Acadiana that directly provide for the needs of children, according to a release from the club.

Some of the programs the Kiwanis Club is responsible for include: Parc Independence, Clark Field turf, UL and SLCC scholarships, Wheels of Wonder (bicycles for foster kids) and Operation Magi (Christmas shopping for homeless children).

For the last 67 years or so, the club raised money with the football jamboree, but that didn't happen because of COVID, so this golf scramble was put together, said Kiwanis President John Gherardi

The money all goes to help children and families in need, he said.

"One of our projects is Operation Maji. Every Christmas we work with organizations to select children who may be homeless or in need, and we will take them shopping for Christmas," Gherardi said. "The main mission of Kiwanis is to help children, and to take care of children and families in our community who are needy."

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