The Walt Jones Memorial Project recently announced its ninth year of helping build homes, communities and hope with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. The 9th Annual Golf Outing will be held Friday, May 16, at Midway Par 3 in Lewes. More than 200 people will participate in this event. Tee times will be at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Midway Par 3 in Lewes. This is a great day out with family or a group of friends to golf and raise money for Sussex Habitat.
The Walt Jones Golf Outing was founded in 2005 by Shaun Jones, Walt Jones’ grandson, in honor of local golf legend and Habitat supporter Walt Jones. Walt Jones was the owner and operator of both the Old Landing Golf Course until 1979 and Midway Par 3 course prior to his passing in 2010. He was an inspiration to all those in the area who follow the sport of golf. He generously donated use of the Midway Par 3 golf course for Habitat’s initial outing, and his family has graciously continued his legacy of giving ever since.
Commenting on the event’s growth, founder Shaun Jones said, “My involvement with this event has been a blessing from the beginning. I have witnessed firsthand the generosity and spirit of the families and businesses in Sussex County. I never thought that this event would still be going nine years later. It is a testament to the leaders in the community and the generosity of the individuals and businesses that this community is made of.”
Building on the success of the golf outing, this effort has evolved into a yearlong series of community fundraising events supported by a group of dedicated volunteers and businesses. A special thank you goes out to this year’s cosponsors Schell Brothers and Poore’s Propane for their continuing support. “It has been a pleasure to watch the event grow for such a great cause over the past nine years. We are proud to have been a part of it,” said Brian Reynolds, Poore’s Propane CFO.
Preston Schell of Schell Brothers added, “As a Delaware-based homebuilder, we very much value the opportunity the Walt Jones Golf Outing provides to partner with Sussex County Habitat, its volunteers and other donors, and the Jones and Moore families’ Midway Par 3 organization to help make affordable housing available to those less fortunate in our community. The Midway Par 3 course provides a great setting for this event as well as a beautiful backdrop for our new Beach Plum Dunes property which is being constructed on Midway’s former driving range. We look forward to not only fielding teams to play in the afternoon of the outing, but also holding an open house for our future Beach Plum Dunes residents that same day.” More information on the Beach Plum Dunes open house can be obtained by calling 302-212-2530 or emailing Jax Graffen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning committee Chairman Ted Fischer notes: “Of course, we also owe a debt of gratitude to other major sponsors: the Moore family, Midway Par 3, PNC Bank, Diamond State Financial Group, Highmark Delaware, State Farm Insurance Agent Jeanine O’Donnell, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, Dryzone, Cape Gazette, Delmarva Public Radio, Overture Ultimate Audio/Video, Bethany Blues, Lowe’s and Tanger Outlets as well as a very dedicated volunteer, Ms. Kay Herrman, who recently relocated out of state, but whose steadfast support has proved invaluable to our past success!”
This year’s events also include a Wing It For Walt Jones night at Bethany Blues - Lewes Wednesday, May 14, starting at 5 p.m. Twenty percent of the night's proceeds will benefit SCHFH. There will be a 50/50, live music and a raffle.
Veronica Perez, SCHFH Partner Family member, will be the recipient of this year’s Walt Jones Memorial Project home in Georgetown Point. Perez is the mother of two daughters and works with special needs children in the Indian River School District. She was accepted into the Habitat program in April 2013 and heard about Habitat from a friend. She expressed her joy at being selected by saying, “The opportunity to receive a Habitat home will bring comfort and a stable environment for my children.”
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity brings people together to help build homes, communities and hope. Sussex County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1991 and is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes. Habitat Partner families receive a hand up, not a handout, and purchase their new home with a not-for-profit 30-year mortgage.
To find out more about the Wing it for Walt Jones night or the Golf Outing, go to www.waltjonesmemorialproject.com or call the Habitat office at 302-855-1153, Ext. 208 and speak with Jacquie Sanders or email Jacquie@sussexcountyhabitat.org.