February 7, 2022 - February 8, 2022

Let's Do It Fore the Kids

Come join us FORE the 4th Annual Driving Down Main Virtual Charity Golf Tournament from February 7-8, 2022 at Main Course, 1624 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201.

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$22,110 raised toward our goal of $25,000!

16 days left to give

Fore the Kids, Fore their Futures

Since its inception, Driving Down Main has brought essential industries within the Midlands together so they can connect through friendly competition and experience the joy of giving back to their community. Through challenges brought on by COVID-19, we've redefined togetherness in how we engage with one another––on and off the course.

While COVID-19 is still far from a thing of the past, there is still opportunity to network internally and show continued support for various industries and their commitment to serve. Our event will be benefitting Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC). MRC is a library of early childhood learning services geared at ensuring students can read on grade level by 3rd grade.

For over 15 years, MRC has focused on improving and supporting education in our community with a range of your development programs centered on literacy and the love of reading.

Here are a few ways you can make a difference by getting involved with Driving Down Main.

Opportunities To support

  1. Play The Course

    Register for Your Foursome Today – We have 3 types of bay experiences available this year for you to choose from including four Standard (regular) bays, four Player's Club bays and one VIP bay. Each foursome will have 2-hours to play and experience all their bay service has to offer!

    Standard - $350, 3 regular bays, includes 2-hours of play and a $40 food and beverage credit

    Player's Club - $425, 4 Player's Club suites, 2-hours of play, and a $40 food and beverage credit

    VIP - $500, 1 spacious, luxurious suite, 2-hours of play, and a $40 food beverage credit

    All will get to experience the Fore the Kids virtual putting green with hydraulics (can be raised/lowered to emulate any putting green!)

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  2. Be a Champion Fore the Kids

    A strong foundation of reading greatly impacts a child’s success in school and beyond. During this past year, families in the Midlands struggled with disrupted education and stressful situations at school and at home. With a united front, we can help every child in the Midlands get the strong start they deserve and the bright future they’ve been working towards.

    Feel free to use this outreach template to engage others and/or let us know how me might be able to aid you with your efforts.

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  3. Be A Book Bunny

    United Way of the Midlands’ Young Leaders Society "Be a Book Bunny” Initiative distributes literacy bags to over 650 students served by the Midlands Reading Consortium to help children build personal libraries at home. The volunteer-led book distribution encourages reading both in and out of the classroom to help kids develop healthy reading habits that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. 

    Through the "Be a Book Bunny” Initiative, MRC and Young Leaders Society have distributed 14,696 books to children in the Midlands to begin home libraries.

    We believe there is always more to give. If you're considering being a part of Driving Down Main, we're offering the opportunity for you to bring a book from MRC's Amazon Book Wish List!

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In 2021...2,009 students participated either virtually or in-person in MRC's library of services

145 MRC students participated in one-to-one reading and improved their attitude toward literacy with others participating in group session, and...

246 community volunteers (including college students representing Benedict College, Claflin University and UofSC) served as guest readers, one-to-one tutors and weekly class readers.

MRC currently operates 27 sites in Fairfield, Lexington, Richland, Newberry, Orangeburg and Calhoun County school districts.

Why Golf?

Each year, golf tournaments serve as a great way for non-profits to raise life-changing funds, increase awareness around a community issue and bring people together. Due to the pandemic, social distancing has forced us apart and the needs in our community have experienced a surge in demand––particularly on the home front.

This past year, the students in the Midlands have struggled with disrupted education and stressful situations at school and at home. The hardships have taken a toll on many, especially on children from communities of color, in under-resourced neighborhoods, or those already facing trauma or disability. Now, the need for fundraising is even greater than ever before.  

During this time of schedule disruption and isolation, Driving Down Main offers us a unique, safe way to come together to provide extra support to these students and their families as they adapt to a school year like no other. We encourage you to join us in supporting Driving Down Main this year, hopefully, play a few holes of virtual golf and show the Midlands that our compassion defies distance. Let’s rally together to make life better for everyone; especially, Fore the Kids!

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Register Your Foursome Today!

Recognizing Our Sponsors

  • PRESENTING SPONSOR – Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • LEADERBOARD SPONSOR – K2 Tech
  • INDUSTRY CHALLENGE SPONSOR (3 Available) - Snelling Staffing Services
  • LONGEST DRIVE SPONSOR – Turner Padget
  • ADVERTISING SPONSOR - Sign It Quick
  • ADVERTISING SPONSOR - The Logo Company | Lesesne Industries
  • ADVERTISING SPONSOR - Grace Outdoor Advertising
  • TITLE DAY SPONSORSHIPS (2 AVAILABLE) - includes recognition and 2 foursomes
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Promote Your Business

In-Kind Opportunities

We would be honored if your business or organization would like to provide in-kind goods or services for our raffle and players’ gifts. Let's do it Fore the Kids!

Being the Midlands' original virtual golf tournament, this is a great opportunity to promote your business and introduce your services to new customers in a mutually benefitting way!

If All Else Fails...

Purchase an Excused Absence?!?!

Unable to attend, but still want to help? Here’s chance for you to receive a $250 Excused Absence to provide support for the MRC this year.

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Supporting education beyond the classroom

A Partnership in Discovery

Want to help? Every child deserves a chance to succeed. With your help, we can continue to build lifelong learners. Here's how:

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