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Jaycees prep for annual Putt-N-Crawl

February 15, 2019

In something straight out of a John Hughes movie, the “mathletes” and athletes will face off on March 9. This year’s Jaycees Putt-N-Crawl places the nerds against the jocks in a game of traveling mini-golf at 10 locations across town.

It’s the sixth year of the fundraiser, and the fourth that will benefit Deborah’s Legacy, a recovery program for women in crisis. Teams of up to five people can compete for $125 per team, and one player must be the designated driver. All players are encouraged to dress up according to the event’s theme.

In the years since the event began, organizers have received questions from members of the community: Will Putt-N-Crawl will ever benefit another organization? And how do organizers feel about an event that benefits a recovery program while involving numerous places that serve alcohol?

“With this project, it’s a true partnership” with Deborah’s Legacy, said Tammi Ramsey, an event organizer.

Ramsey said those who volunteer or work with Deborah’s Legacy end up giving 110 hours of volunteer work to the Putt-N-Crawl. Because another event organizer, Keri Fisher, is president of the board of directors for Deborah’s Legacy, the partnership means a lot to the organization. The first year the event gave to the recovery program, organizers later heard that they helped keep the home’s doors open.

“This is where our hearts are,” Ramsey said.

Women who go through Deborah’s Legacy’s programming do not volunteer for the event, “because it’d be a conflict of interest” between addiction and the Putt-N-Crawl locations, Fisher said.

Ahead of the March event, which brought 79 teams last year, organizers meet with police and aim to host a fundraiser that is as responsible as possible, she said. Members of the North Platte Police Department often end up forming their own teams the day of the event.

This year’s event begins and ends at Sidelines, with check-ins beginning at 10 a.m. Organizers are pushing for pre-registrations this year. T-shirts on the day of the event and free drink koozies are guaranteed for teams who pre-register at the event’s Eventbrite page. Pre-registration goes through Saturday.

“We really want you to not wait until the day of to register,” Fisher said.

Businesses that would like to be corporate sponsors are also asked to notify Ramsey or Fisher by Saturday.

Sidelines will have specials for the attendees who do register on March 9 but register early in the day, Ramsey said. The other locations on this year’s Putt-N-Crawl include Mallory’s, Pal’s Brewery, the Moose Lodge, Eagles Club, the Platte Bar, Kelsey’s, Switchyard Grill & Pub, Brothers Tavern and Dave’s Place.

Because some venues have gone all out for past years’ themes, Ramsey said, this year’s event will include a prize of “bragging rights” and a traveling trophy for the best-themed location.

“Kelsey’s Place has been the best-decorated since we started,” Ramsey said.

Prizes will also be handed out for the best-dressed team, the best-dressed individual and “winners of the actual tournament,” Ramsey said.