People of all ages gathered for food and fun at the Fiesta for The First Tee of Greater Akron. The second annual fundraiser was held on Saturday Feb. 4 from 5-9 p.m. at Downtown Akron’s Lock 3. The event was organized by Lock 3 Downtown Operations Manager Tish Jernigan and Lock 3 Coordinator Chris Griffith, who is also a First Tee junior board member.
“We are always looking for new partnerships, and from the Mayor down, the city has a vested interest in making sure The First Tee of Greater Akron succeeds,” said Griffith.
In addition to Lock 3 and the City of Akron, Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation and Bridgestone Invitational also sponsored the event.
Tickets were $10 and included all-you-can-eat taco bar, drink ticket, raffle ticket, skate rental and Polar Putt-Putt. The course featured The First Tee’s curriculum of 9 CORE Values: Honesty, Respect, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Judgment, Responsibility, Perseverance, Confidence and Courtesy. Among the players was four-year First Tee member Cameron Bartek, who says he enjoys coaching and participating in events like the Fiesta.
The free raffle and silent auction gave a chance to win prizes from The Cleveland Browns, The Bridgestone Invitational, The University of Akron, Shisler’s Cheese House, The Akron Zoo, Red Horse Winery, the Akron Civic Theatre, The Peanut Shoppe, Heidelburg Distributors and others.
All proceeds help ensure The First Tee of Greater Akron can continue its mission in Summit County of educating and empowering children and teens today for leadership roles tomorrow.