Golfing & Giving

SPLURGE! Tee-Off Party to help combat human trafficking

WRITTEN BY LAURA RODDY

At SPLURGE!, golf and giving go hand in hand.

For the 5th consecutive year, we are hosting the Tee-Off Party in advance of the Air Capital Classic golf tournament at Crestview Country Club. Proceeds from the June 13 event will benefit human trafficking programs at the Wichita Children’s Home.

“We are so honored,” says Sarah Robinson, chief executive officer of the Wichita Children’s Home. “Human trafficking has been unfortunately an issue. …these girls [and sometimes boys] are victims. they are not doing this because they want to. they are being forced.”

The children’s home has been designated as the state shelter for human-trafficking victims. the separate staff-secured area officially opened in February, offering intensive therapy in three days of protective custody.

“It was an opportunity to expand the work we’re already doing,” says Mel Miller Garrett, a licensed clinical social worker who serves as the Wichita Children’s Home chief program director.

As of mid-April, the state had already placed three trafficking victims in the children’s home’s shelter. However, the shelter is not the only way the children’s home reaches human-trafficking victims or those who are at risk.

“The children’s home is really at the leading edge for serving this population,” Garrett says.

The home also operates a mobile outreach van and runs the O.Z. (Opportunity Zone) in Midtown, which is a safe place for teens to get access to food, clothing, showers and hygiene supplies. these teens in crisis, who are often homeless, also gain access to computers, support groups and assistance with housing and jobs.

Additionally, children’s home staff is available 24 hours a day through the 262-HOME crisis line. Area Quiktrips serve as designated safe places as well. Another program that meets the needs of some trafficking survivors is the children’s home’s long-term care, which offers 16- to 22-year-olds apartments as they work for high school, trade school or college diplomas.

Besides the satisfaction of supporting the children’s home, attendees of the SPLURGE! Tee-Off party will enjoy an evening of food, drink, prizes and entertainment at the 18th hole on Crestview’s north course. A Tee-Off Party ticket also includes general admission to the Air Capital Classic, played June 19–22 at Crestview. the tournament is part of the Web.com tour, which serves as development for the PGA tour.

Air Capital Classic

Tournament Play

June 19–22 at Crestview Country Club
For tickets and information, visit aircapclassic.com.

Junior Golf Classic

9:00–10:30 a.m. June 17 at Crestview
Free for kids 8-16; bring a putter and 7-iron if possible but no bags
No advance registration necessary

Air Capital Classic director Roy turner is especially proud of the quality of golfers represented annually at the event. For instance, he says, at the 2014 Masters tournament in Augusta, Ga., three of the top six finishers — including winner Bubba Watson — were all Wichita alumni.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Air Capital Classic, which has had several name changes over time. For spectators, the liveliest atmosphere occurs in the double-decker grandstands on the 17th hole. Turner says the tournament is also hoping to broaden its appeal to families this year, with local golf profs staffing inflatables for children throughout the course.

Officials with SPLURGE! and the Air Capital Classic say fun is par for the course at the Tee-Off Party. They hope philanthropic-minded Wichitans will enjoy an evening on the greens for the benefit of trafficking victims at the Wichita Children’s Home.

Splurge! Tee-Off Party

What | 5th annual event, presented in 2014 by Volvo of Wichita
When | 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 13
Where | 18th hole, north course, Crestview Country Club, 1000 N. 127th St. E.
Tickets | $60 each,call 316-267-3678 or visit aircapclassic.com
Proceeds | Human trafficking programs at the Wichita Children’s Home

Details

Food by Carrabba's and Sweetly Scrumptious, open bar, helicopter ball drop and diamond meltaway by Mike Seltzer Jewelers

New this year

An extra air-conditioned box on the 18th hole. “It’s just going to be even bigger and better,” tournament director Roy Turner says.

 
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