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KSPA begins “The Drive” to build Engel Endowment Fund

In 2011, KSPA kicks off “The Drive: The Jackie Engel Endowment Fund Golf Tournament” as a means for potential donors to have fun and contribute to the endowment. The Drive is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 20, 2011, at the Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence. Kansas media companies and other friends of KSPA are encouraged to sponsor a foursome and compete with other companies for hole and flight prizes.

KSPA members who wish to help out but can’t play may volunteer to help out with registration, selling “Mulligans” or any number of chores around the course. KSPA members may also forward the registration and sponsorship forms to local business owners (particularly media company owners) who could sponsor teams.

All players, sponsors and volunteers are invited to the awards dinner at the Alvamar Clubhouse after the tournament. If you are interested in sponsoring a team or golfing in the tournament, download the registration form and return it to KSPA by May 14, 2011, along with your tax-deductible donation. Potential volunteers may call Jeff Browne at 785-864-7625.

Here are some other features of the tournament:

  • Noon registration
  • 1 p.m. shotgun start
  • $90 per individual/$320 per foursome
  • Awards dinner at Alvamar County Club Clubhouse

The Kansas Scholastic Press Association in 2004 joined with the Douglas County Community Foundation to create the Jackie Engel Endowment Fund, which will be used for student and teacher scholarships, and continued teacher training. It was named in honor of Jackie Engel, the long-time KSPA Executive Secretary. Jackie died in 2005.

In 2012, the Endowment for the first time will be used to cover the awards for the High School Journalist of the Year competition. The state winner will be awarded $1,250 and two runners-up will earn $750 each. The Endowment also hopes to raise enough money to cover continuing education opportunities for beginning and mid-career advisers who want to improve their teaching and journalism skills.

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