EAST CONCORD—What goes around comes around, so says the adage. And for members of the Springville community at large, the saying rings true.
“Springville has been so important to, not only our family, but the golf course. How can we not give back?,” said Anneliese Plyler, a representative of Concord Crest Golf Course.
For the past 5 years, the Concord Crest Golf Course has hosted Mission Monday, which gives back to non-profit organizations through sales at the course. Beginning June 11, Concord Crest will donate 10 percent of its profits to an organization. The Mission Mondays run weekly through Aug. 27.
“We were trying to think of ways to give back, Don and Gail [Ploetz] thought of everyone who impacted them,” Plyler said. “Not even just growing [Concord Crest] but supporting them.”
The idea was born shortly after, and has taken off since. Each year, Concord Crest accepts nominations for local and regional non-profit organizations and sets them up with a Monday. They’ve supported up to 13 non-profits each summer.
“Several organizations have reached out to us with thank you notes in the past,” Plyler said. “We plan to continue it each year.”
The organizations are encouraged to invite friends and family to the course to go golfing or visit the clubhouse and enjoy drinks, snacks or sandwiches.
“We tell them to make a field trip out of it,” Plyler said. “We say anyone can golf … but we know golfing isn’t for everyone, so they can come and hang out and still contribute.”
Concord Crest also encourages the organizations to bring flyers and literature, and speak with customers about their organization and its missions.
“We are so thankful for the fantastic organizations in our community … that work so hard to make our town, our county, our state a safe, warm and beautiful place to live,” an informational flyer sent to non-profits reads. “We look forward to making it our mission to help your mission.”
The golf course opened nominations in May on Facebook, accepting comments on why each organization is important to those nominating them. An independent committee then selects the recipients based on location and the comments received about each organization. The committee also verifies the organization is a non-profit.
This year Mission Monday supports: Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation, June 11; LVAD, June 18; The Club of Springville, June 25; Stars and Stripes, July 2; Hope Center Orphanage, July 9; WNY Hydrocephalus, July 16; MOPS Springville, July 23; Buffalo Underdogs Rescue, July 30; Love INC of Springville, Aug. 6; Miles for Smiles, Aug. 13; Comforting Hugs Foundation, Aug. 20 and Springville Concord Community Food Pantry, Aug, 27.