Celebration Graduation hosting first fundraiser Saturday

DOWAGIAC — Saturday evening, the golf course at the Dowagiac Elks will be lit up to raise money for Dowagiac Union High School seniors.

Dowagiac Celebration Graduation 2019 will host its first official fundraiser Saturday. The group will be hosting a “glow golf” event at the Dowagiac Elk’s Golf Course, 300 Riverside Dr. The event will begin with a dinner at 6 p.m. with a night round of golf to follow after at approximately 7:15 p.m. Cost is $30 per person, which includes dinner, a round of golf and cart.

Currently, there are limited spots available for teams of four. The event is restricted to those 21 years of age or older.

“It should be a lot of fun,” said Dowagiac Celebration Graduation 2019 committee member Erica Pye. “And it is for our kids.”

Celebration Graduation is a spin off of a nation-wide program where parents of the high school graduating class raise money to provide seniors with a fun, safe and supervised party on graduation.

“It’s an all-night event that goes to multiple places and is really fun for the graduating seniors,” Pye said. “The money we raise goes toward buses, it pays for the different venues and other expenses.”

For the “glow golf” fundraiser, the committee hopes to raise $1,000 of the total $33,000 goal. The event will be a nighttime golf outing featuring a lighted course, glow sticks and glow in the dark golf balls.

Pye said the idea to host “glow golf” came out during a meeting with Dowagiac Celebration Graduation 2019 committee members. With the concept being so fun, Pye said that the committee ran with the idea.

“We were looking to do something different, and we knew the Elks had hosted ‘glow golf’ before, so we thought, ‘what if we do this?’” she said. “It just stuck.”

A mother of two graduating seniors, Pye said she is proud that she is able to work toward providing them with a memorable and safe graduation night through Celebration Graduation.

“I thinks it’s really cool, because this isn’t something that was in effect when I graduated from Dowagiac,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to give the kids a good night out before they get out into the real world.”

She said she hopes others will also support the graduating class by attending the “glow golf” event.

“It’s going to be a good time,” Pye said. “And you are also supporting the graduating class of Dowagiac High School.”

To RSVP, contact Celebration Graduation 2019 on their Facebook page or email Pye at epye812@gmail.com.

Berrien County

PACE of Southwest Michigan announces new CEO

News

Niles teens arrested following vehicle pursuit

News

Two sheriff’s deputies treated following Niles Township apartment fire

Dowagiac

Construction begins on Dowagiac District Library’s Carnegie building

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Southwest Michigan counties report new COVID-19 deaths

Business

Cottage Gallery to host Santa for holiday event

Dowagiac

Tree of Love Campaign to host virtual celebration Thursday

Giving

Michigan Gateway Community Foundation grants $20,000 to help City of Niles fund home repairs

News

Niles River Santa sets sail

Business

Dowagiac tree farm sees business soar amid pandemic

News

PHOTO STORY: Niles Amtrak depot gets dressed for Christmas

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Following Thanksgiving weekend, Michigan reports 360,449 cases, 9,134 deaths

Dowagiac

SMC Foundation Board stakes annual appeal to Strong Start

Business

Business owners adapt to unusual Small Business Saturday

News

Niles woman sentenced for drug possession

Dowagiac

PHOTO STORY: Town and Country Garden Club decorates downtown Dowagiac

Cass County

One injured by falling tree

News

City of Niles receives grant award for home repairs

Cass County

Two killed in Cass County house fire

Edwardsburg

Facebook matching offers ESC new opportunity on Giving Tuesday

Business

Sister Lakes Brewing Company to open Town Hall event space

Cassopolis

Cassopolis set to take a Christmas Cruise

Cassopolis

Village of Cassopolis approves resolution to co-sign EDA Grant for MEC

Business

Cassopolis manufacturer donates to ACTION Ministries