Orange Christian Services are hoping the 7th annual golf tournament on Oct. 6 at the Sunset Grove Country Club is their “hole in one” to keep their program up and going.

The golf tournament is their only fundraiser of the year which makes it a very important event. Twenty-one teams are set to participate in the 18-hole tournament. However, they are still seeking businesses and individuals to purchase sponsor signs to be placed at each hole. The 12 inch by 24 inch signs are $100 each.

“We serve Orange County residents in need of assistance in emergency or crisis situations,” said Judy Jensen, director of OCS.

OCS will be celebrating 30 years of helping people in Orange County. They strive daily to achieve their motto of “God’s love in Action.”

The community support has been “wonderful.” OCS does receive grants, but they have continued to be of a lesser amount and later in the year, which makes the fundraiser so much more important, Jensen said.

“It’s been a month to month faith walk,” Jensen said.

The tournament will being with a “shotgun” start at 8 a.m. and finish with lunch at noon in the Sunset Grove County Club dining room.

As of the end of August for the year 2012, there were 6,613 families who were assisted. In addition, there were 17,498 people who received food, 13,444 people who received clothing and 125 families receiving financial aid.

Those wanting to help OCS can do it not only with the golf tournament, but throughout the year as well.

Donations are “humbly and graciously” accepted. Items from the pantry and household are welcome as well as clothes and monetary donations. However, furniture and appliances are not accepted. As the temperatures become cooler, there will be an increased need for blankets and coats.

This year the title sponsors for the golf tournament are Akrotech and David Self Ford. Other sponsors for this year’s tournament are Gopher Industries, Sabine Federal Credit Union, Dal Sasso Realty, Vincent Recycling and Henley Construction Company.

For more information, contact OCS at 409-886-0938.

Board members and sponsors line up in preparation of the 7th annual gold tournament to benefit Orange Christian Services. Pictured left to right; Lou Garriga, Kathy Garriga, Bill Belcher, Maureen McAllister, David Self, Judy Jensen, Ross Smith, Duane Henley, Ann Ezell, and Ben Ezell. RECORD PHOTO: Debby Schamber.