KINGSLAND — With a growth in demand for its services and expansion into a new Marble Falls location this summer, Dolores Bacon-Whatley knows the May 31 golf tournament benefitting the Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center is taking on a much larger role.
“Fundraisers like the golf tournament are critical for us,” said Bacon-Whatley, the center’s executive director. “We get donations from churches and individuals, but the fundraisers really help us make our budget.”
The May 31 event is the fourth annual Judy Walker Memorial Golf “Fore” Life Tournament. It takes place at the Lighthouse Country Club, 118 Club Circle in Kingsland. The four-person scramble begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. The $70 entry fee covers green fees, a cart, range balls, a dinner and prizes.
All proceeds benefit the center.
This is a special tournament, not just as a fundraiser, but also for who it honors: Judy Walker.
“She was instrumental in helping get the center up on its feet,” Bacon-Whatley said. “She did so much for the center.”
A founding member of the center, Walker passed away in 2010 at the age of 57, less than a year after the center was incorporated in Texas.
The center features a baby boutique where new parents can get just about anything they need for their child from clothing to bottles. It’s known as “G-Ma’s Closet” in honor of Walker.
The center provides counseling and services for people seeking information and help in regard to pregnancy and related issues. Some of the services include free pregnancy testing, a private session with staff to discuss issues, community referrals, Bible studies, parenting classes and assistance with WIC and Medicaid applications.
Bacon-Whatley said the center plans on opening a second site this summer in Marble Falls.
All this adds to expenses, which makes the tournament so important. But the center is also looking for volunteers.
“Because of our Marble Falls site, we’re in desperate need of volunteers,” she said. “Training is provided.”
The center would like volunteers to commit to four hours a week, but Bacon-Whatley said they’ll work with people, even if it means two to three hours a week.
“We just want to be here to help people,” she said.
Call the Lighthouse Country Club at (325) 388-6660 for more information on the tournament or to register. Go to www.hlpregnancycenter.org or call (325) 388-0354 for more information on the center.