MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - Six kids from the Murphysboro Masonic Children's Home attended the Fowler-Bonan Foundation's Junior Golf Day fundraiser at the Jackson County Country Club.
The children received tips on the strategy of golf, tips on proper swing technique and club selection, and received donated golf clubs from an anonymous sponsor for the event.
November Davison, associate administrator with the children's home, said the group was contacted by the Fowler-Bonan Foundation after Joel Potts, master of Eldorado Masonic Lodge No. 730, introduced Dale Fowler, co-founder of the foundation, to the Illinois Masonic Children's Home.
"Mr. Fowler told us about the golf event and what his organization does and asked if our kids would like to be involved," Davison said. "We knew it would be great experience for them."
Davison said the children who attended the event received clubs from an anonymous donor and tips on how to golf from volunteer members of Kiwanis of Carbondale. Davison also said the Fowler-Bonan Foundation will be taking kids from the Masonic Children's Home shopping at Kohl's in Carbondale on Aug. 5 to get new clothes and shoes for school.
Julie O'Connor, case manager with the children's home, said the children enjoyed their day on the golf course, and that none of the children had any golf experience before the event.
"The kids were provided with clubs and tips on how to golf," O'Connor said. "We brought six kids and they loved the time they spent on the course."
The Murphysboro Masonic Children's Home provides total care for its residents including medical and dental needs, help with schoolwork and guidance to become successful and productive members of their communities.
The children's home currently houses 16 residents ages five to 18. Families of the children retain guardianship while the children are living in the home, but sign consent forms that allow the home to provide support for the children.