The Ben Geren Ladies Golf Association held its annual Halloween Ball Charity Golf Tournament on Oct. 31 at the Ben Geren Regional Park Golf Course and raised $3,200 for STEPS Inc. and The Children’s Service League, according to a recent news release from the association. This is the largest amount ever raised with this tournament, the release states.

Both STEPS Inc. and The Children’s Service League serve needy children of Fort Smith and Sebastian County.

The Ben Geren Ladies Golf Association is a group of ladies organized to play golf, support golf in our area and provide fellowship through the game of golf. They belong to an organization known as the Bi-State which includes eight other groups from Oklahoma and Arkansas. Locally, they are Ben Geren, Fianna Hills Country Club, Hardscrabble Country Club and Eagle Crest Golf Course. Others include Vache Grasse Golf Course, Muskogee Golf Club, Fountainhead Golf Course, Choctaw Country Club and Wolf Ridge Golf Course.

Harvest Time Academy’s recent Glow in the Park 5K Run and Fun Walk raised $12,600. Funds raised from the event will go toward updating the school’s security systems.

The race was held at Ben Geren Park in Fort Smith, and many wore costumes and glow sticks to add to the fun. It was the first year for the elementary and preschool to host a fundraiser of this kind, but organizers said the hard work was worth it.

The second annual HTA Glow in the Park 5K has already been slated for Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.

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