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The Village would like to express its highest gratitude to all sponsors and participants, Village staff, Ravisloe staff, and volunteers, as the generosity displayed helped make this year’s event an extreme success, raising over $20,000, aligned right with last year’s $21,000 raised. Applicants of the Bill Fleming Scholarship may be Richton Park high school seniors planning to enter college, students currently enrolled in college or adults striving to continue their education. This year, twelve young adults were awarded with scholarships.
The original President’s Golf outing is an annual event that dates back nearly forty years. At the turn of the Millennium however, the Golf Outing was then planned as a fundraising event to benefit the Bill Fleming Scholarship, which was first awarded in 1998. The mission of this scholarship initiative is to reward Richton Park students who exhibit academic achievement and desire, with exceptional character.
William “Bill” Fleming was a lifelong resident of Richton Park who was very involved in the community, as well as great influence on not just the youth, but people in general. Early on, he was instrumental in sponsoring and promoting the President’s Golf Outing, and after his death, the scholarship was named in his memory. Fleming died, in Richton Park, in 1999 at the age of 79.
A record breaking 65+ golfers participated to support this year’s golf outing, and were welcomed by the host, Village President Rick Reinbold, along with Village staff. The day of competitive, but hilariously fun golf was followed by delicious barbecue dinner and awards reception. Here, the entire banquet room was full of laughter and great spirits, as attendees saluted the scholarship recipients, ate great food, won stellar prizes, and had a good time.
President Reinbold was proud of this year’s efforts, stating “It is such a pleasure to see so many individuals and companies participate and donate to support the continuing education of our community’s young people. We want to thank everyone who helped make this effort possible.”
This year’s winners included: