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Saturday’s Putt 4 A Purpose to support new cancer center

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Area families can show off their golf know-how — and support a good cause — during the fourth annual Putt 4 A Purpose this weekend.

For $5 a player — golfers 3 and under play for free — participants of all ages can master 18 holes of mini golf during the event, being held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Rueter’s Equipment of Carroll showroom. Participants can arrive anytime during that window and advance through the 18 holes at their own pace.

Members of Rho Gamma, the local chapter of professional women’s sorority Beta Sigma Phi, organize a variety of community events to raise funds for various needs and established Putt 4 A Purpose several years ago. Proceeds from this year’s event will support St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s new cancer center; past events supported the Community of Concern food pantry.

“This was born to help the community and help a local organization within the community but also to give families something to do when they’re cooped up in the winter,” said Summer Parrott, one of the event’s organizers.

This is the second year the event is being held at the showroom at Rueter’s Equipment of Carroll, which is donating the space.

Families will have the opportunity to play 18 mini-golf holes; each one is sponsored and decorated by area businesses, who compete to be elected best-decorated. Wittrock Collision Center is the reigning champ, having netted the trophy the past two years.

The event also will include face painting and tattoos, both included in the ticket cost, as well as a bake sale, with all items selling for 50 cents. Barrel Smoke BBQ & Catering will sell food from noon to 4 p.m.

Local mascots — including Carroll Public Library’s Dr. Whoot, the DMACC bear, the Carroll Tiger and Murray the Merchant will be in attendance from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to visit with kids and pose for photos. Door prizes from area businesses will be awarded during the event as well.

The event is being held on the same day as the Fairy Tale Ball, and Putt 4 A Purpose organizers encourage families to come before or after the ball, or for moms and sons to go golfing while dads and daughters are at the dance.

“While your princess is at the ball, this is a good mother-son activity to do,” Parrott said.

Those looking to help can donate bottled water, Gatorade or individually wrapped items for the event’s bake sale — single-wrapped cookies or brownies or similar items, or small bags of treats. Items with an allergen such as nuts should be labeled. For more information about donating items, contact Parrott at 712.790.2700. Those with a skill to donate, such as creating balloon creatures, can contact Parrott about being involved as well.

“We are open and welcome to grow this as much as we can,” Parrott said.

The majority of the event’s costs are covered through sponsorships, allowing most or all of the proceedings to support St. Anthony’s cancer center.

The more people who come in, the more we can turn around and give to the cancer center,” Parrott said. “When you come in and pay $5, you’re making a $5 donation to the cancer center.”

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