As the blazing sun slowly sinks into the green, the night is only beginning. Golfers, light-up balls in hand, hit the course in their decked-out golf carts ready to play nine holes of pure sunset bliss. The best part is that while everyone’s enjoying themselves at Special Olympics Wisconsin’s Annual Nine at Night Golf Outing, they’re also raising funds for the 9,000 athletes of Special Olympics Wisconsin. So, even if you’re hitting way over par, you’re still a winner!
Beginning in 2014, The Annual Nine at Night Fundraiser presented by Law Enforcement is an opportunity for Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes and community members to come together with local law enforcement officers for an evening of entertainment and to support an exceptional cause. Caitlin Fitzpatrick, Director of Development for Special Events in the Southeastern Region and Coordinator for the Nine at Night at Bristol Oaks emphasizes, “I’m so appreciate of the help LETR puts into this event. The committee, made up of law enforcement, have started this event from the ground up. It’s kind of their baby.” In the past six years, this event has grown immensely — the first outing consisted of 16 golfers, and now over 100 people take on the light-up course to support Special Olympics Wisconsin. And due to the popularity of the event, in 2020 it will now take place in two locations!
In addition to the original Bristol Oaks location, this year supporters will also be able to experience the beauty of High Cliff Golf Course in Sherwood.
The LETR, one of Special Olympics biggest partnerships, is pivotal to making this event a success. With their many community connections, they are able to engage the local public and raise awareness for the athletes. As Sarah Graper, Director of Development – LETR and Coordinator for Nine at Night at High Cliff explains, the LETR provides immense support for the athletes and carries out the mission of Special Olympics at many events throughout the year, Nine at Night being just one of them.
Unlike the ordinary golf outing, participants will enjoy dinner, drinks, and an auction before enjoying the twilight tee off. Due to the nature of the sport, social distancing will be much easier at the event, so it’s the perfect way to get out of the house and enjoy an outdoor activity while everything else is put on hold.
So, whether you’re a pro golfer or simply looking for an adventurous night out, be sure to join us on either Friday, August 14 at High Cliff Golf Course or Friday, September 11 at Bristol Oaks Golf Course. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to kick back, relax, and make a difference in the lives of 9,000 Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes!