The inaugural Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity Disc Golf Family Festival took place on Saturday, October 14, bringing together disc golf enthusiasts, families, and community members. This inclusive and community-driven event offered a day filled with friendly competition, entertainment, and charitable giving, combining the spirit of disc golf with our vital efforts in providing safe and affordable housing for families in need.
The festival catered to a diverse audience, featuring disc golf courses tailored to individuals of all ages and skill sets. Among the festival was a sanctioned 18-hole course designed for competitive players, an 18-hole putting course accessible to everyone, and a multi-hole family-friendly course. Through this, we were able to bridge the gap between disc golf enthusiasts and those looking to try the sport for the first time, fostering a sense of inclusivity.
The festival extended beyond the greens, including food catered by Nosh, drinks served by 405 Brewing Co., and a variety of vendors offering fun activities such as face painting, hair tinsel, balloon animals and even a chiropractor station! Families enjoyed a free, family-friendly concert while awaiting the awards ceremony, a celebration of the accomplishments of the players.
The true triumph of the day lay in the combination of fun and philanthropy. All proceeds from the event, totaling an impressive $25,765, benefited Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity, and our mission to providing safe and affordable housing for families in need. The funds included $10,600 in in-kind sponsorships from loyal community partners, and $15,165 in sponsorships and event proceeds. The event drew 500 attendees, including vendors, volunteers, staff/committee members, and disc golfers. The pro-tournament saw 70 players and the putting course saw 18 putters, with a preview the previous day of 41 in attendance. After covering total expenses of $5,682, the net fundraising for our first disc golf event reached $9,483.
Elle Shroyer, the Vice President of Donor and Community Engagement, encapsulated the spirit of the event: “In every throw, in every conversation, and in every moment of this event, we have the opportunity to strengthen the foundation of our shared commitment to creating safe, affordable housing and building a stronger, more caring community.”
In conclusion, the Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity Family Disc Golf Festival proved to be a resounding success, not only in terms of funds raised but also in fostering community spirit and contributing to building more homes for working-class families in need.