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Wasuma Full Moon Glow Ball Golf Tournament

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AHWAHNEE — The Wasuma PTA has organized an exciting and truly different sort of fundraiser, and anyone 18+ is invited to come out and support the students while having a blast — in the dark, no less.

It’s the Wasuma PTA Full Moon Glow Ball at River Creek Golf Course in Ahwahnee, set for Friday, Nov. 3, starting at 5:30 p.m.

This is the first glow ball tournament for the school. It turns out that the long-time owners of lovely 9-hole River Creek, Scott and Jennifer Michel, now have their older child in Kindergarten at Wasuma.

Jennifer is currently the PTA Treasurer at Wasuma, and wanted to put together a fundraiser that no one at the school had ever tried before. This is also the first Glowball event at River Creek.

“At the PTA meeting we were talking about different fundraisers, and I thought this would be new and different. People liked the idea and the committee and principal are very enthusiastic about how it’s turning out. It’s so nice to be involved with the PTA and be able to help, and we’re trying to keep things different and fresh and exciting for the kids, parents and the community. We’re looking forward to the feedback.”

How it works is, the golf balls are clear and there’s a glow stick that goes in each one. You crack the glow stick, place it in the golf ball, and off you go. Glow sticks are going to be  everywhere that night — around the course and in the carts, Jennifer says. And, there will be some natural light, too, as on Nov. 3, it’s the Full Beaver Moon.

The cost to enter is $60 per player, which includes appetizers, glow balls, tees and play. Participants will be grouped in teams of four. All proceeds from the event go to Wasuma PTA which will fund education and activities for the children.

The fun starts with noshes at 5:30 p.m. and rules will be announced at 6:30 p.m. At 6:45 p.m. there’s a hole scramble start.

In addition to knowing you’re supporting a great cause while having a good time, 40-some raffle prizes are being curated now. We’re talking Disneyland Park Hopper pass for two, rounds of golf at Dragonfly, private tour and wine tasting in Paso Robles, a basket filled with $700 worth of facial products, dinner for two at Ducey’s on the Lake with a champagne toast, a coffee maker, a Bloody Mary basket, photography, private tasting and engraved shot glass at Oakhurst Spirits, something fabulous from Trader Joe’s, an ice cream maker and way more.

When Jennifer says there’s something for everyone, she’s not kidding. My advice is to go big on this raffle.

It may be a little chilly out, so dress in layers and relax knowing there’s coffee, hot chocolate and — oh! — a bar with wine and South Gate Brewing Company beer.

This event is open to the public as long as you are 18 and over.

“People have signed up who don’t have kids,” Jennifer says, “they just want to support the school and have fun — just get together and have a good time.”

Sponsors include Yosemite Mortgage,  Walt Bannon Drilling, Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, Sierra Tel, South Gate Brewing Company, Greenwood Heating and Air, and Lehman’s Locksmithing.

Contact Jennifer Michel to sign up: 559-676-7681 or jmellis11@gmail.com.

The Wasuma PTA meets the second Tuesday of every month.

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