Fun and Productive Day on the Links

Your Owen County Community Foundation threw another golf party last week. In fact, it was our 16th annual SMV Realty – Jim Fulford Golf Open. These days we call our event the JFO. It’s become a major tradition at the organization Jim Fulford helped to build. In our very first golf outing way back in 2003, we raised funds to establish the Jim and Wilma Fulford Scholarship Fund in honor of our first OCCF executive director, WWII veteran, educator, first Owen Valley principal, and Sagamore of the Wabash. Jim was a very special man in our state, our community, and our organization.

These days the JFO is about honoring Jim’s legacy and at the same time raising the funds needed to run this philanthropic operation. This year with the help of our sponsors, prize donors, and golfers, we broke the record for the net dollars raised to help the OCCF with donations of $22,399. We thank everyone involved for their generosity.

We broke our record with a little drama as we weren’t sure we’d made it as the JFO ended. We were just a bit short so we did what fund raisers do, we called for a little extra support to put us over the top. I want to thank “Last Minute Sponsor of the Year” Mitch Oard for his on-the-spot gift to ensure we broke the record. It was a nice way to end the day.

The weather cooperated nicely except for a little extra heat throughout the afternoon. But for most of the day, a nice breeze blew the heat off the players enough that they all finished. And the Jerry Maner’s Construction team took the honors at 20 under par to win the fabulous golf package from French Lick Resort & Casino. The winning team members included Jack May, Greg Granger, Jerry Maners, and Jack Noel.

We were all well served again by our amazing hosts at Rolling Meadows Golf Course and Mulligan’s Restaurant. The course was in great shape. The lunch was fantastic. The beer was cold and wet. Thanks to Arlene ‘Arlo’ Crawford and the entire Rolling Meadows team for their help putting on another successful event.

I have to mention Heather Herrington and Maria O’Connor on our OCCF staff for their great work along with our JFO Committee of Wally DeFord, Rob Babbs, John Hackworthy, Deanna Heckman, Brad King and Nick Gillaspy.

We strive to do good for our community and we’re gratified when so many come out to show their support for our work. We are proud to do what we do for our donors and our community.

Thanks to our tournament sponsor SMV Realty, LLC, our sponsor since 2006. A special thanks to our first ever Platinum Sponsor (includes sponsorship and team golf) the Owen County State Bank.

Thanks to our lunch sponsors: Lifeway Baptist Church, Monarch Beverage, Owen Valley Health Campus, The Volkers Group, LLC, and Gordon & Diane Wells.

Thanks to our Gold Sponsors: Babbs Supermarket, BBP Water Corporation, Chandler Funeral Home, LLC., Jim & Brenda DeCoursey, Edward Jones - Marcus Robinson, Elite Electric, LLC., David Friedel and Ann Mahrdt, Gosport Business Association, Gosport Manufacturing, Home Team Properties, Insurance Services Inc., Joe & Brenda King, Dr. Michel King- in Memory of John King, Charles & Marge Neumeyer, Our Community Bank, Sons of American Legion, Spencer Exchange Club, Phyllis Tucker, Tad & Shirley Wilson, Steve Withem Construction, and World Arts.

Thanks also to our Silver Sponsors: John J Fuhs, Attorney at Law, John & Cindy Hackworthy, Committee to Elect Bob Heaton, Hickam & Lorenz, P.C. Attorneys at Law, Ideal Credit Corporation, King Rentals, Knights of Pythias Eden Lodge 99, Owen County Chamber of Commerce and EDC, Owen County IU Varsity Club, RE/MAX Select Associates, Inc., Richard Norman, Attorney at Law, Owen Valley Flooring, Mark & Pennie Rogers, West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home. Steve & Cindy Withem.

Our “Friends of Mr. Fulford” this year were: Rob Babbs, Dr. Charles & Kay Cochran, Don & Marilyn Jackson, Richard & Nancy Lorenz, Damon & Suzi Summerlot, Jane McCollum, Tom & Alyssa Rice, and Lew & Gretchen Scholl.

Prizes were generously provided by: French Lick Resort & Casino, Babbs Supermarket, Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort & Inn, Wally & Kathy DeFord, Gosport Car Care, Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel & Casino, Indianapolis Indians, Indy Eleven, Indiana Fever, Indiana Pacers, Jit’s Thai Bistro, Main Street Coffee, Nate’s Candy Jar, Owen Valley Winery, Pine Woods Golf Course, Rising Star Casino-Resort, Rolling Meadows Golf Course, Sweet Owen Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Tivoli Theater
Value Mart.

And thanks to Darrell White for our team photo gifts!

At the end of that long hot day last Thursday, we were all glad we got together to honor Mr. Fulford and to support the OCCF.

Your Owen County Community Foundation is committed to helping our communities become better places to live, grow, and work. We value community involvement, charitable spirit, and a good round of golf with friends.

If you would like to know more about how you can work with this local charity to help your home community, give me a call at 812-829-1725, email me at, visit us online at, or stop by and visit us in our brand new office at 60 E. Market Street in Spencer. We’ll be in our new office on the south side of the Courthouse Square in Spencer starting Monday, October 1. The office may still be in a bit of disarray but we’ll be there to greet you.