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Rotary club to host ball drop

DOWNPOUR:Golf balls will be dropped from the air for a good cause on June 18 at the Marion Rotary Club's annual fundraiser.

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com

It’s not uncommon to hear of golf ball sized hail falling from the sky, but not many people outside of the Marion Rotary Club have heard of actual golf balls raining down.

The organization's annual golf ball drop fundraiser will be held at 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 18 at the Arbor Trace Golf Course, 2500 E. 550 N., Marion. 

Dwight Ott, a club member and pilot, will take a bucket of golf balls up in a helicopter, and Sue Israel, the club president, will scatter them out onto the course below.

The ball that gets the closest to the hole wins a cash prize for whoever holds the ticket. The second and third place winners will also receive prizes.

Participants can purchase tickets from club members or by calling 765-661-6990.

The event is open to the public and potential members are encouraged to come.

“We’re trying to open it up more so people can check out what we do,” said Rotary Vice President LaRea Slater.

When she first saw the golf ball drop with her own eyes, she thought it was an “unusual project.”

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said. “I think it’s a really unique and festive way of getting involved and raising money.”

Attendees can also purchase tickets for the picnic buffet that will be provided.

Last year, Rotary Treasurer Kristie Small said the event typically raises about $7,000.

Some of the money raised will go toward community projects like scholarships to local high school seniors.