"Putting for Penguins," an annual event to benefit the Aquarium of Niagara, will take place Friday, July 18, at the Newfane Pro-Am course, 2501 N. Main St. (Route 78).
For the past seven years, the Aquarium of Niagara has held this special fundraiser to support its nonprofit educational attractions, and its residents, too.
"Glo-Golf" is the name of the game, and everyone, regardless of handicap, plays, unless there's a thunderstorm. Golfers spend the first few hours playing in daylight, break for a buffet dinner, and play the rest of the game under the stars. Like, it's going to be dark.
The event starts with registration and a putting contest from 4:30 until 5:45 p.m. A buffet-style dinner begins at 5:45 p.m. Nine holes will be played in a scramble or best ball format. At 9 p.m., there will be raffles, prizes and awards followed by the last half of golf in the dark with "Glo-Balls" and "light ropes."
"Putting for Penguins" event chairman is Steve Kling, an Aquarium of Niagara board member. Ed Drantch of WIVB Channel 4 is celebrity chairman. "Beaker the Penguin," the Aquarium of Niagara's mascot (pictured), will be there, too. DJ Pat Proctor will play music to golf by.
Golfers should register by July 14 or sign in by 5:45 p.m. the day of the event. Entry fees are $90 per golfer or $360 for a foursome. Party only is $35.
Individuals, corporations and businesses can call Claudia O'Neil at 716-285-3575, ext. 216, to become a sponsor, donate a prize or for additional information.
Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight and bug spray.