January 28, 2008

More Gaming in the Library

Filed under: precat — jenny @ 8:34 am

Putting for Dollars: Library Raises More than $10,000 with Golf Fundraiser

“Winter winds and swirling snow failed to dampen the enthusiasm that greeted the inaugural miniature golf championship held at the Southworth Library on Dartmouth Street on Sunday afternoon.
‘We were a bit worried when we saw the snow, but we had a great turnout in spite of the weather,’ said Dolly Sharek, treasurer of the library foundation. ‘We had 274 golfers sign up, and we raised just over $10,000.’
As attendance reached its peak at around 2 p.m., all of the 100 putters borrowed for the occasion were in use on the 18-hole course that wound its way around the stacks on both floors, and a line had formed at the registration table.
Golfers of all ages were challenged by the unique aspect of the library course, which explored all corners of the building with a 10th hole that teed off on the second floor and finished on the first.
Some of those taking on the newly installed circuit were evidently more practiced than others.
The seventh hole brought library trustee Paul Pereira to his knees — and it was not to line up a putt. He was trying to retrieve his ball from beneath one of the stacks.” [SouthCoastToday.com]


  1. I work at the library that had the golf tournament. It is such a great fundraising idea. We also had face painting, silent auction items, food and mini-massages for 5.00. We owe so much gratitude to Rick Bolton, a Dartmouth native and library trustee in Trumbull, Ct. He created the indoor mini golf course to use in the library stacks. He hopes to take the concept national and raise money for Hurricane Katrina damage.

    Comment by Sharani Robins — January 28, 2008 @ 11:03 am

  2. When I read this out to my 15yo son he said “What, they had the course in the library… D*&@! I would have loved to be there… how do they do the holes?”
    It does sound like a fun event.

    Comment by moonflowerdragon — January 28, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

  3. Congratz on a well done fund raiser! $10000 is quite a feat

    Comment by Fundraising — January 29, 2008 @ 1:04 am

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