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Golf tournament fundraiser scheduled for Montgomery County Young Life

March 12, 2019

Teenagers in Montgomery County may know about Young Life: it’s a nonprofit, inter-denominational Christian outreach ministry for students that is based on experiences, humor and adventure. However, despite that name-recognition, officials with the organization are aiming to bring that atmosphere to adults with an upcoming event.

Montgomery County Young Life’s second Golf Classic Tournament fundraiser is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 25 at The Woodlands Country Club tournament course. Local business Strike is an underwriter for the event.

BJ Tietze is the event chair and said it’s always a blessing and an honor to be involved.

“We have a lot of support throughout the community, either from people who’ve been involved in Young Life or business that have it in their heart that come out and play,” Tietze said.

Breakfast will be offered before the tournament and lunch is to be served afterward, with silent auction, raffle prizes and live music throughout in addition to gifts for the golfers. The deadline to sign up to play is March 22.

The event is intended to generate funds for the operational expenses of Montgomery County Young Life. The organization’s area director, Catherine Powell, said their goal is to raise $40,000 to help with things like budgets, salaries and supplies.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to come and see (what Young Life is about). If you’re a golfer, you can come experience a professional quality course. If you’re not a golfer, there are other ways to participate, like a speed hole on the course,” Powell said.

Young Life has existed in the county for almost 30 years. The organization’s leaders host “clubs” that stem from select high schools and junior high schools in the area, such as Oak Ridge High School or McCullough Junior High School. They also offer Young Lives in Conroe, which is for teen moms.

“We’re a group of adults in the community to build relationships with teenagers. At the end of the day, we think high school and junior high is really hard. We want to be in authentic friendship with those kids so we can share the hope of the gospel,” Powell said.

Paige Shaver, who is the direct ministry Young Life staff member, said the organization’s target audience is students who would never feel comfortable coming to church or haven’t grown up in a Christian family.

“We’re a ministry for the lost teenagers who don’t know what they think about God. Regardless of their response to the gospel, we want to love them and have a friendship with them, but we’re open about what we believe as Christians,” Shaver said.

Reid Elliot is a community member that serves on the organization’s committee. He said he’s seen the group provide students with safe relationships, especially in the face of their struggles.

“I think the need is great in the community right now, especially with all the things that high school and junior high students are faced with,” Elliot said.

Powell said those student concerns might be from social media, loneliness or the pressure to perform.

“At lot of kids are running themselves ragged trying to do that. At the end of the day, most kids are dying for hope. We think that hope comes from Jesus,” Powell said.

Powell said many people who come out to the golf tournament are individuals or business who care about kids as they face everyday challenges.

“That’s the common factor. They care about kids having an adult friend who can speak wisdom at a basic level,” Powell said.

jane.stueckemann@chron.com