Glendale Chamber golf tourney helps students

The Glendale Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 23rd annual Excellence Education Golf Outing on Friday, Sept. 23, at the Wigwam Golf Club, 451 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

More than 140 golfers will participate. The tournament will feature many events, including the four-person scramble, proximity challenge hole, hole-in-one contest and closest-to-the-pin contest.

Prizes will be featured during this event. Golfers will get a chance to compete in the hole-in-one prize and closest to the pin prize, putting contest and a raffle, and player goodie bags will be included. This event is very special to the Glendale community, according to Karli Kratzenberg, marketing and communication manager for the Glendale Chamber of Commerce.

“Collectively, through our network of partners and members, we bring together business and education in a day full of fun, teamwork and high-speed networking to help to make a difference in our schools today,” she said.

“We are planting the seeds of a partnering education and workforce community. This golf event allows us to build the bridge and make a difference helping our future leaders, entrepreneurs and workforce who will be the backbone of the business community of tomorrow.

“Proceeds fulfill micro-requests that we receive from our education community like helping to welcome new teachers, funding classroom projects, providing recognitions or awards to educators that go above and beyond, and so much more. Even when our funds are used for pizza parties, it’s more than just a treat. It’s establishing relationships and building the bridge of community where the students become aware that Glendale Chamber of Commerce cares about them and is committed to supporting their educational needs. And with these smaller-dollar increments, we know we are doing something good where the impact is profound.”

Single golfers or sponsoring a student is $135; a team of four golfers is $540. Registration fees will contribute to donations to scholarship programs, green fees, golf cart rentals, gift bags and lunch.

Sponsors will see their company’s logos printed and placed on online promotional materials, a business sign on a golf course, golf competition foursome in the tournament, a mention in membership e-blasts, recognition at a luncheon for awards, possibility of a company representative speaking for 2 to 3 minutes at the event, and promotional products in golfers’ goody bags.

“There are so many integral parts of this fundamental annual event,” Kratzenberg said. “We couldn’t do this without the support from our sponsors, partners, members, staff and volunteers who join us for a fun-filled day of networking spent on the golf course.

“While the chamber team works on details like sponsorships, venue, raffle prizes, goodie bags, players, volunteers, signage and communications, the superstar volunteers with their smiles and high energy ensure that players and hole workers are having a great time. Businesses who sponsor a hole set up booths with their swag, giveaways and games. The event ends with a lunch and prize raffle giveaways.”

Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m., and shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m.

For more information, visit

glendaleazchamber.org. Golf clubs, which are limited, can be reserved in advance by calling the clubhouse at 623-935-9414. Payments and registration are due Sept. 16.