Society Column: Woodland Country Club hosts Carmel chamber’s golf fundraiser


By almost any standard, the Carmel Chamber of Commerce is a well-run and popular city organization. From the monthly breakfasts with about 200 attendees to the Taste of the Chamber Business Expo, the chamber is known for friendly and effective public services.

So it’s no surprise that the annual golf classic is another hit.

Chamber president Mo Merhoff said, “This event is the true fundraiser for the chamber. Our other events are public services, but the revenue from the golf classic supports the chamber.”

Merhoff was pleased with the number of companies and individuals who sponsored the outing. The front nine major sponsorship was provided by Nextgear Capital. Byte Café sponsored lunch and dinner. Other sponsors included, Guggenheim Life and Annuity, Bloom Bank, Lake City Bank, Advantage and Mapfire, to name a few.

During dinner, prizes for first-, second- and third-place foursomes were awarded, with prizes of $100, $75 and $50, respectively. Despite lacking a fourth member, the team of Traci Kapsalis, Matt Anderson and Peter Forsee won first prize. Drew Poston won a $25 gift certificate for men’s longest drive. Lindsay Johnson won for women’s longest drive.

Raffle prizes were $400-500 value packages. One example was the Steak and Strings package which included a stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, six tickets to the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and a gift card to Sullivan’s Steak House.

The chamber staff of four helped the event to run smoothly. Chamber staff members include: Mo Merhoff, president since 2000; Kristi Spehler, membership development manager, Patty Steffan, membership services manager, and Lisa Wirthwein, the operations director.

Many volunteers helped with the event, including Alana Shane, Crissy Steffan, Mollie McCoy, Bonnie Helmer and Ron Hanson, to name a few. Ron Hanson is also Chairman of the Board of the Chamber. Board members Michael Garvey and Jud Scott were also in attendance. 

The Woodland Country Club, managed by Robert Reynolds, provided a pleasant venue for the golf outing. Reynolds reported the club continues to grow and will complete a large renovation project by the end of the month. He also noted the club recently hired Patrick White as new head golf professional.


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