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is gearing up for the Marathon Classic, which tees-off Thursday at Highland
Meadows Golf Club, but some events are already underway.
of volunteers give their time to make sure the LPGA tour runs smoothly, and
coordinators say the show couldn't go on without them.
Rozell has volunteered for the tour from the very beginning. For 28 years he's
gotten up before dawn to drive the hour it takes to get to Sylvania, just to
becomes like a family reunion," Rozell said. "[I] met a lot of people, had a
lot of fun, and, you know, it's a wonderful, wonderful thing for northwest
costs $55 to volunteer. Volunteers get a shirt, a club house pass for the week,
and an appreciation party, but those who pay the fee say it's also about giving
a great event for the city," said Assistant Tournament Chairman Carol Gibbs. "It
brings in a lot of money for charities, and so many children's charities have
benefited from this tournament. It's an event! You come out here and it's a
whole new world."
has a full-time job, but uses a week's vacation to participate as an assistant
chairman for the event. She's been a part of the tour for 20 years, and says
she donates her time because it's enjoyable.
have fun when we're out here," she said. "It is stressful. It is a long week,
but we also enjoy each other."
the ages of seven to 90, those who volunteer work 4-hour shifts and they can
always use extra help. To learn how to volunteer, click here.