Photo by Heather Middleton
By Curt Yeomans
Local golfers will soon have a chance to prove whether they are like Da Vinci or Picasso on the golf course.
Arts Clayton is poised to hold its eighth annual Allan Vigil Golf Classic fund-raiser, on June 28, starting at 11 a.m., at the Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club, 100 Crystal Lake Blvd., in Hampton. The event, like Arts Clayton's annual Arte Gras event, is a fund-raiser for the arts group's children's programs, according to Arts Clayton Executive Director Linda Summerlin.
"It truly helps our arts education programs for the children," Summerlin said. "The money goes toward our 'Art Van' community outreach program."
With the tournament just over a week away, there is still time for groups of golfers to sign up to play in this year's event. Summerlin said they can take up to 30 teams, but only 20 teams had signed up as of Thursday. "We usually have only 20, to 25 teams sign up to participate, so there is always room for more people to sign up if they would like," she said.
Promotional materials, on the Arts Clayton web site, show it costs $900 for a team of four people to sign up, and $300 for a single golfer to register for the tournament. Tournament Chairman Mike Vigil, whose father is the tournament's namesake, could not be reached for comment on Friday.
Summerlin said Arts Clayton's "Art Van" program is run by volunteers, who go to schools, libraries and community outreach organizations that work with children, and read to children, and lead the youths in arts activities. It gets its name from that fact that the volunteers go to these organizations and schools in a white Arts Clayton van.
Summerlin said Arts Clayton is looking to grow the program, so it can work with more children.
"We've been able to maintain it, but our goal is to expand the program," Summerlin said. "We'd like to be able to go out and visit more organizations. We have all of these schools, and libraries and other organizations that work with children, who call us and ask us to come out to do [an Art Van] program, but we don't have the staff.
"The need is there. We just need to be able to give our Art Van volunteers the support they need to meet the demand."
She added that some of the funding will also go towards some of the group's other arts education programs, including its annual summer arts camps.
Applications for the golf tournament may be picked up at the Arts Clayton Gallery, at 136 South Main St., in Jonesboro.