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Teens putt for hospital

Monday, March 15, 2004

Amber Trusler, Kelsey Smith, Sam Edington, Adam Thiemann, Kyle Kumpf, Austin Schutte, Gabriel Rogers, Dr. Hal Glidden, and Mark Rogers stand outside the Forest Park Golf Course. The group all contributed to making $400 dollars for Riley Hospital for Children.

A weekend of putting put a check in Riley Hospital for Children's bank late last month.

Mark Rogers of the Forest Park Golf Course, along with a group of high school students and his son, Gabriel, earned $400 for the hospital late February. To raise the cash, they held an event called the Putting Challenge for Kids at the Indiana Golf Expo in Indianapolis.

Rogers said that the Expo is the largest golfing event in Indiana. The event's organizer asked him to do the putting challenge, and he was more than happy to oblige.

"My little girl had surgery at Riley last year," he said. "A lot of people from around here do. I usually go up there and sell merchandise, and we really wanted to help Riley."

Of course, rounding up children and showing them the basics of putting is more than a one-man job. That's where Rogers' help came in. A group of high school students worked various facets of the event -- handling kids, setting up and tearing down -- and Rogers said they did a great job.

"It couldn't have been done without these kids," he said. "I know them personally. They're good kids. They knew what the event was for and they really came through for me. They put their hearts into it because of the cause."

Rogers gave the money to the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation, which will then give the money to Riley. He said there were various reasons behind this move.

"They're a community foundation," he said, "so it's tax free. They also keep up a golf course fund and that helps us out."

Rogers encourages anyone wanting to make a donation to do it through the foundation.

"It's a great way to give a donation without having to pay taxes," he said.

Dr. Hal Glidden, president of the CCMF, said that the foundation simply works as a depository and all contributors are acknowledged.

The putting event cost $5 dollars per person, and Rogers said its participants were happy to pay the fee.

"People really opened up when we told them what it was for," he said.

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