Let’s hope for the sake of our Hickory friends that the rain holds off a few days longer…..though we all surely need it soon. This weekend is a huge event–the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.
The tourney will attract tens of thousands of visitors. To give you an idea of the scale, some 1,400 volunteers turn out to help produce the weeks’ worth of events.
I had the pleasure of talking to many of the 1,000 volunteers who turned out Sunday night for the Classic’s volunteer appreciation dinner. Many volunteers were interested in our news and public affairs programming. I had several people tell me they listen all the time. And we brought along our favorite break-the-ice gimmick, the “WFAE Prize Wheel”, which gives us an excuse to hand out hundreds of “fabulous gifts”…..WFAE beverage huggies, de-stress squeeze balls, logo keychains, and other such treasures. Many thanks to WFAE’ers Lynette Riddle and Jim Diedrich for turning out to great the volunteers.
How neat it is that 1,400 people will donate time to prepare player hospitality packs, drive golf carts, set up displays and do whatever it takes to make a community event happen.
By the way, the Greater Hickory Classic gets heavy coverage on “The Golf Channel”, if you can’t get to the venue in person.