For once, those who lined up putts did not care so much whether the ball found the cup. On Thursday evening, Oct. 21, every stroke, good or bad, helped make life a little easier for abused and neglected children and homeless teens.
The Palmetto Place Putting Par-Tee at City Market Place in the Vista brought people together for a night of fun and a chance to raise money for Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter.
Chef Jason Bruner of 1801 Grille is prepared a low country boil and pairings for the event. River Rat Brewery and Santa Margherita Wines supplied lots of beverage options, and the band Not Even Brothers offered live music for those who wanted to listen or dance.
Guests also had a chance to show off their putting skills for prizes, and bid on a wide variety of silent auction items donated to help the cause.
Palmetto Place has provided shelter for more than 7,000 children and teens since it opened in 1977. It has 55 beds, but provides more than just a roof.
“We transport the kids to school and to work and to doctor’s appointments, really anything you could think of,” said Grace Bennett, project coordinator for Palmetto Place. The shelter provides a safe and supportive environment to help them overcome trauma, build trusting relationships, and set the foundation for success.
Organizers hoped to raise $30,000 at Thursday night’s event. A second fundraiser is set for Monday, the Putting for Palmetto Place: Golf Tournament at Golden Hills Golf and Country Club. Details on that event are available at the Palmetto Place website, along with information about other ways to help the shelter’s mission.