by Jeff Pederson
for The Beacon
In an effort to continue its mission to mobilize local Christian churches to transform lives and communities through relationships in the name of Christ, Love INC of Sheboygan County is set to hold its sixth annual Putt Fore Love event at Harbor Pointe Miniature Golf Course in Sheboygan on Saturday, July 30.
The event, which is set to run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., serves as a major fundraiser for Love INC of Sheboygan County and its continuing efforts to improve lives in Sheboygan County through a unified partnership with local Christian churches.
All proceeds from the fun-filled day of activities will benefit programs at Love INC. Located at 322 South Pier Drive, Harbor Pointe offers a prime, picturesque location for enjoying a day along the Sheboygan lakefront.
In addition to the 18 holes of mini golf, there will be raffles, hole-in-one contests, guessing game, youth challenge and a lemonade and slushie stand.
“The event is open to everyone and is a perfect way to spend time outdoors with friends and family,” Love INC of Sheboygan County Executive Director Tandra Sbrocco said. “It is hard to believe that this is the sixth year for this great event, which would not be possible without the support of the Moeller family. They are a family which believes in Sheboygan County and supports efforts to help people thrive in our community.
“No reservations are required for tee times,” she said. “People can just come out any time to support the event between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on July 30th.”
The 2022 Love INC of Sheboygan County Putt Fore Love event is aiming to draw on a youthful theme.
“The focus of our Putt Fore Love event this year is on the youth with new prizes designed to attract a younger crowd,” Sbrocco said.
The list of special events, contests and prizes includes the following.
The Balloon Pop Raffle featuries 100 balloons each with a prize from a local business, such as free ice cream cone or free appetizer. Ten prizes also are eligible to be entered into the grand prize raffle with the chance to win Apple AirPods. Putt Fore Love attendees can purchase a balloon for $5 for a one-in-10 chance to enter the Apple AirPods raffle.
The Youth Challenge is open to all youth between the ages of 5 and 18, who play a round of mini golf at the Putt Fore Love event on July 30. Each youth will be entered into the Youth Challenge for a chance to win a pizza party and round of mini golf for eight.
Raffle tickets (1 for $1 or 6 for $5) will be available to enter the guessing game (how many items in the jar) or one of three raffle baskets.
In addition, the Putt Fore Love Hole-In-One Contest will return with anyone getting a hole in one during their round receiving one free raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three raffle baskets.
Harbor Pointe Miniature Golf Course owners Justin and Christy Moeller have been well connected to Love INC of Sheboygan County since its inception as Justin has formed a close connection to Love INC of Sheboygan County through his volunteer efforts as a member of Plymouth Alliance Church.
“Justin started his involvement with Love INC about seven years ago, shortly after they opened, by being a part of the moving ministry team,” Christy Moeller said. “He saw first hand the wonderful impact Love INC was having on our community. They are truly being the hands and feet of Jesus in Sheboygan County.
“As a business, we decided they would be a great non-profit organization to support through a fun event,” she said. “Love INC agreed and then this great event started. With COVID-19 impacting everyone over the past two years, we have especially seen how important Love INC is as they were there to support so many people in the community in a variety of ways. We want to raise as much awareness and money for them as we can during this event.”
Since launching in 2015, Love INC of Sheboygan County has operated a clearinghouse to respond to the needs of Sheboygan County neighbors with resources from local church ministries and the community.
The clearinghouse is a phone ministry staffed with trained volunteers from across Sheboygan County, representing all Christian denominations.
Love INC offers an opportunity for neighbors to break the cycle of hopelessness, connecting them with caring individuals who model Christian beliefs through their interactions.
Moeller is eager to once again play a large part in the sixth annual Putt Fore Love event.
“Harbor Pointe supports Love In the Name of Christ because they preserve and enhance the dignity of individuals in our community by providing services that enrich personal relationships, encourage spiritual growth, and promote self-reliance,” Christy Moeller said. “We want to see everyone in Sheboygan County live an abundant life.”
According to Sbrocco, the Putt Fore Love event plays a key role in kickstarting a wide range of Love INC of Sheboygan County programs and initiatives.
“Putt Fore Love is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy God’s creation along the shoreline of South Pier in Sheboygan,” Sbrocco said. “The ultimate goal of the event is to connect with our community by providing information on Love In the Name of Christ. Following the example of Jesus Christ, our programs equip our partner churches to offer life-changing opportunities to individuals facing life’s challenges.
“The focus of each ministry at Love INC is relationships filled with dignity and respect,” she said. “Through the funds raised at the Putt Fore Love event, we hope to continue our efforts through the local churches to walk alongside people in their time of need.”
For more information about Love INC of Sheboygan County, located at 807 Forest Ave. in Sheboygan Falls, call 920-783-6701 or visit http://www.loveincsheboygancounty.org