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Sibley Kiwanis to host 25th fundraiser

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SIBLEY, Iowa — Noon Saturday marks the 25th annual Sibley Kiwanis Golf Tournament. The annual event is the club’s one fundraiser for a number of local organizations that benefit youths in Sibley and Osceola County. This year, the group has set a lofty goal of raising $25,000 in honor of its milestone event.

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Tom Wietzema, a Sibley Kiwanis Golf Board member and former chapter president, said this year’s goal is “trying to do our old members justice” and will surpass funds raised in recent years. According to Wietzema, the group has raised between $16, 000 to $18,000 annually over the past eight to 10 years. Since its inception, the tournament has generated $250,000 in donations to area organizations and projects. So far, the group has raised more than $20,000 through this year’s tournament, with more donations coming in daily.

The Kiwanis group voted recently how to distribute the funds earned by the tourney: $2,000 each to ongoing Kiwanis projects, Sibley Public Library, Sibley Recreation Department and Osceola County Conservation Board for kids’ canoe project; $500 to ISU Extension Lego League; remaining balance, Sibley Pool.

Wietzema noted this is the third year in a row the group has donated money for the pool, which is in “dire straits.” Wietzema added the pool was a project Kiwanis spearheaded in 1959. More than 40 years later, the group is now raising funds for much-needed repair work.

The tournament is open to those of all golf skill levels. Wietzema said each hole will have different rules offering “fun ways to get everyone in the mix.” The registration fee for teams of two includes a T-shirt, cart rental, 18 holes of golf, hors d’oeuvres and a steak dinner for each golfer following the event.

A number of prizes are offered during the tournament as well. Wietzema has donated a hole-in-one prize of $25,000 cash through Neighbor Insurance; Noteboom Implement has donated a John Deere Gator; Jackrabbit Junction/Cenex is offering $1,000 in gasolinel; and the Sibley Kiwanis Club has donated a new golf cart.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Kyle Grimes by email, kgrimes@keithmerrick.com.

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Robin Baumgarn
Robin Baumgarn is a new reporter for the Daily Globe covering the Education and Northwest Iowa beats. Prior to coming to the Globe, she worked for the Ocheyedan Press-Melvin News, a weekly Iowa paper for three years. She is a 2012 graduate of Iowa Lakes Community College and lives in Northwest Iowa with her husband Ryan and three pets, Fidget, Missy and Samwise.
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