Golf Play Day for the mayor? I’ll save my money for real charities

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Every golf season, I get invitations to dozens of “Play Days.” These “Play Days” are used as fund-raisers for one charity or another. I’ve played golf to raise money for everything from Special Olympics to March of Dimes. As a matter of fact, I’m playing in the Ryan Jury Memorial Golf Outing later this month. It is a benefit for the pediatric unit at SwedishAmerican Hospital. These are good events, for good causes.

A week ago, I received an invitation via e-mail to the Second Annual Golf PlayDay for Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I). I was a bit surprised how I got on the Citizens for Morrissey invitation list. I didn’t play in last year’s event, I haven’t contributed any money to the mayor, and I don’t even own any property or sports teams in the downtown area. Maybe it was just my lucky day.

I was thinking of taking the Citizens for Morrissey up on their generous offer. The event is Tuesday, July 10, at Aldeen Golf Club. I love golfing at Aldeen. The only catch for me is the cost. It is $125 per person.

The $125 will get me a round of golf with a cart at Aldeen, use of their practice center, lunch, some contest and prizes, dinner afterward and a foursome photo with hizzoner. I’m guessing under normal circumstances, that would cost me about $75 to $80, not counting the 8-by-10 glossy with Larry.

Now, that usually doesn’t deter me when it is for a charity. However, I have to think twice when the money raised from this event will go to a committee whose sole purpose is to elect someone to a job that pays upwards of $95,000 per year. Do they really need my $45 to $50 to help him get re-elected?

I realize a campaign costs a ton of money. Yard signs, media, mailings, polls, etc., etc. Instead of holding a “charity type” golf outing, why don’t they do it the old-fashioned way? Ask the big wigs and the muckety mucks for their help. With all due respect to the Citizens for Morrissey, thanks for thinking of me, but please leave us little guys alone, so we can support the real charities.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

from the June 13-19, 2007, issue

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