George Simpson Men’s Group

Annual Golf Outing

 
     The Men’s Group of Epworth is hosting its fifth annual golf outing. Renamed this year in honor of one of our dedicated leaders for many years, Dave Waters, “The Dave Waters Memorial Golf Outing”… still dedicated to our efforts to “DRIVE AWAY HUNGER”. The outing benefits the Epworth Food & Love Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Immanuel Shelter on Saturday, October 7 at the American Classic Golf Club course in Lewes – Rain Date October 14.
     According to the event’s co-chairman, Evans Shearon, the George Simpson Men’s Group shares a strong commitment to help drive hunger out of our community, and the golf outing has grown to be the group’s flagship fundraising event of the year.
     “Hunger exists all around us, whether it is a parent unable to provide a meal for their children, a homeless individual in need of a hot supper and a bed on a cold night, or a place to gather with others for a hot bowl of soup on a Sunday afternoon,” notes Evans. “The new face of hunger is the face of the school age child, a person walking Route 1 or the elderly couple at our Sunday Soup Kitchen. We have structured our annual golf event as a fun, rewarding and very successful way to help drive hunger out of our local community.”
            Funds raised during previous events provided several months of food costs for the Food & Love Soup Kitchen, helped with the Good Samaritan Food Program and assisted Immanuel Shelter with its food and shelter costs through the past 2 winters.
 
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How You Can Help

There are many ways in which individuals, businesses and other organizations can support this year’s event, including registering to play in the tournament for $50 (walking) or $60 (riding); donating prizes; or making a monetary donation of any amount.  Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law since the DRIVE AWAY HUNGER event falls under Epworth’s 501(c)(3) designation.    
 
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Sponsorships available!

Hole sponsor: $125

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Event sponsor: $250

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Event sponsor: $500

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To register and/or donate to DRIVE AWAY HUNGER!, please contact one of the event coordinators:
     In a quote from Dave Waters in 2016, Dave said, “We hope you will join us as a player, donor or both, for this fun and worthwhile day of golf, prizes, contests, lunch and silent auction. Together, we really can make a positive difference in driving hunger away from our beautiful beach communities.”

     Everyone is asked to bring a donation of canned goods to the event for the Good Samaritan Food Closet. 

Who Benefits?

Epworth’s Food & Love Soup Kitchen opened in February 2012, and has served a meal every Sunday afternoon since. Six teams alternate to prepare and serve hearty and delicious soups to all comers. Meals also are  packaged for delivery to the Community Resource Center, the Immanuel Shelter and individuals stopping by Epworth daily for food assistance. Food & Love uses donations from multiple sources, including food donations from Fifer Orchards, Giant Food, Safeway, Panera and Wawa. These donations enable Food & Love to economically provide large numbers of nutritious meals. During 2016, Food & Love provided meals to more than 3,500 guests at an average per meal cost of just $1.50 per meal. Monies raised at this Golf Outing help cover the overhead expenses of the Food and Love Soup Kitchen.

Epworth’s Food Pantry was established over 15 years ago to address a need in the community for food staples, personal hygiene items and basic household goods.  Today, Epworth’s Good Samaritan Emergency Food Assistance Program coordinates distribution of the Pantry’s supplies.  During 2016, the Pantry distributed food to over 1,800 individuals – that number was 700 in 2015. Each distribution averages $35-$50 in value.  The need is here! The Pantry strives to supply a protein-rich product with each food distribution.  Pantry stock is replenished with donations from individuals and community groups, and again in 2016 it was a beneficiary of the US Postal Service’s National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.

The Immanuel Shelter opened its doors in 2012, and from December ‘til April provides a safe, warm overnight shelter and an evening and morning meal to the area’s homeless.  During the 2015-2016 season the shelter was open 131 nights and provided services for 144 guests; 37% were women and 63% were men; the majority of the guests were between the ages of 40 and 79; 10% were veterans; most nights 25 to 35 people stayed at the shelter and over 4,000 meals were served. The cost of a night’s stay is $35 per person per night; this includes food supplies, utilities, linens, towels, bath supplies, prescriptions and other necessities.