On Tuesday, Oct. 13, my Sports Event Management class and I hosted a charity golf tournament called Putts for Paws. The tournament benefited the Dunn County Humane Society and was held at the Menomonie Golf and Country Club. At the end of the day, we raised $575 to help the shelter and its animals.
A lot of work was done behind the scenes prior to the event. If you were a participant, you may not have realized this. My classmates and I had about three weeks to completely pull off this event. Our class meets once a week. Let me repeat that. We met only three times prior to hosting this event. Pulling it all together in that amount of time was a pretty daunting feat.
In the first class period when we met, each student signed up for a specific job. These jobs ranged from soliciting donations from local businesses, creating a menu, formulating an evacuation procedure in case of bad weather, advertising the event by creating posters and a Facebook event page, writing a script for the master of ceremonies, keeping in contact with the Humane Society and the golf course, finalizing rules for the contest and many other aspects of the event.
I was responsible for writing the MC script. This meant I had to coordinate with all other aspects of the event, in the planning phase as well as the day of the event. I was the person speaking into the microphone welcoming everyone and thanking them for coming out in support of the Dunn County Humane Society, thanking all of the local sponsors for helping make the event possible and announcing the tournament and raffle prize winners. I also staffed one of the hole games, all of which had themes centered around the shelter’s cats and dogs.
Overall, this was an amazing opportunity to put my knowledge, skills, and teamwork into practice and successfully organize a professional event. It was also a great opportunity to bond with and contribute to the community that I have lived in and called home for the past four years.