Building a brighter future for local youth and the Parkersburg community.
Each year, United Bank is proud to host the Kids Golf Classic. The annual golf tournament fundraiser, which began in 1997, benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg and has raised more than $3.5 million to assist the nonprofit organization in its mission.
The funds, which are not restricted for any one specific use, allow the organization to improve both the quality and quantity of the programs and services they provide. The Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg is a constant in the lives of hundreds of youths in the area, providing access to a safe facility with a positive environment and caring adult professionals that foster the Club’s three priority outcomes: academic success, character building and healthy lifestyle choices.
“The Club continues to see a growing need for our programs and services. All the generous sponsors and donors of the Kids Golf Classic make the work we do possible – allowing us to develop new programs, provide integral training to our staff to lead these programs, continue to be a safe place for kids to be themselves and really become the premier-serving organization that we strive to be. We cannot overstate the immense impact United Bank and all of the local businesses and community members who sponsor and support the event have on each one of the kids and the families we serve,” said Lynn Reins, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg.
Annual proceeds of the tournament account for 40 percent of the nonprofit’s operating budget. A milestone year for the fundraising event, the 2021 tournament generated a record-breaking $273,000 in donations, which directly impact the 1,000 local youth served annually by the organization.
The tournament, which is entirely underwritten by United Bank, has tremendous community support from golfers and businesses alike, many of whom have participated and contributed since the tournament’s inception. Because of United’s underwriting, 100 percent of the funds raised from entry fees, sponsorships and donations directly benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg.
In total, 124 golfers participated in the 2021 Kids Golf Classic, which was sponsored by 77 local businesses and community members.