Putt Fore The Patch

Courtesy photo

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Founded in 1910, The Cabbage Patch Settlement House has a longstanding presence in the community by their equipping and empowering at-risk children and families. Their special event, Putt Fore The Patch, is a major fundraising opportunity to support these programming efforts and have a positive impact on the community. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 20, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center. To learn more about this event, we spoke with Annual Fund and Special Events Manager Cathy Wachtel.

How did the Delta Dental Putt Fore The Patch come to fruition?
At The Cabbage Patch, we never do things simply because that’s how they have always been done! A few years ago, we did a strategic analysis of our events and determined we needed something that would reach out to young professionals. The idea of an indoor miniature golf tournament was new and fun, and we decided to take a chance on it. We were delighted with the response, and Putt Fore The Patch gets bigger and better each year! This year we are thrilled to partner with title sponsor Delta Dental of Kentucky. Their charitable initiative “Making Smiles Happen” supports nonprofits that are important to the communities they serve, and we are proud to be one of the organizations helping Delta Dental improve lives across Kentucky!

What can guests expect from attending this event?
There are two ways to participate in Putt Fore The Patch. A $1,200 team sponsorship entitles four people to play the course. If you want to enjoy the party but don’t want to play the course, you can buy a gallery pass for $30 that grants you access to the food, bar and games only.

No matter how you participate, you can expect great food and drinks donated by local chefs and restaurants, a fun atmosphere and chances to win prizes. We have an Apple gift card and a Headliners Music Hall Frequent Flyer Pass, along with a variety of restaurant gift cards. A new favorite game is the 19th Hole, where everyone walks away with a prize – you just take a chance on what type of wine or spirits you win! You can even buy raffle tickets online at cabbagepatch.org/special-events/putt if you can’t attend the event!

You never know who you might see at Putt Fore The Patch! Media celebrities from local television stations challenge players at a specialty hole, and other local celebrities enjoy mingling with the crowd as well! Guests say they love Putt Fore The Patch because it’s not like any other local fundraiser. It’s totally unique and full of surprises!

How does this benefit the community?
Putt Fore The Patch raises money for the education, recreation and social services programs at The Patch. We are a 106-year-old community center serving local at-risk children and families. When you support The Patch, your money stays right here in Louisville, directly benefiting those at a socioeconomic disadvantage in your community. We help children maximize their potential, preparing them to be good students, employees and neighbors. Recently, while discussing possible leadership development activities, a teen member of The Patch asked staff, “Could we do something to help others?” Civic-mindedness is a very prevalent value among our members. Those whose lives have been profoundly changed are eager to give back to the community.

How can the community get more involved in this event?
Our sponsors and volunteers are key to our success! Our delicious appetizer spread is thanks to the donations of local chefs and restaurants. Prizes of wine, spirits, gift cards and event tickets come from local businesses that support our mission. If you are interested in volunteering, there are many positions available. You can be a caddy, which is a lot of fun. You can pick up food donations. You can join our committee and build next year’s event from the ground up. Visit cabbagepatch.ivolunteer.com/p4tp to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

Any big plans for the future?
In The Cabbage Patch’s service area, 59 percent of children live in poverty. The cycle of multi-generational poverty is perpetuated by lack of access to higher education. The Patch has developed a College Scholars program that includes tutoring, ACT training, campus visits and financial support that helps at-risk children not only go to college but succeed in college. By bridging the financial gap and providing ongoing support for at-risk students, The Cabbage Patch helps children reach their maximum potential and help themselves out of dire financial circumstances. We have a partnership with the University of Kentucky that enables eligible students to attain a college degree and graduate virtually debt-free. We are currently embarking on an expansion of the College Scholars program, with the goal of increasing the number of scholars from the current 32 to 50 by 2020. Events like Putt Fore The Patch are instrumental in supporting such programs. VT