CHIPLEY — Trawick Construction of Chipley presented United Way of Northwest Florida a check for $5,868 on Friday.
The donation was raised during the company’s fifth annual Bring Your Old Buddy golf tournament at Dogwood Lakes in Bonifay.
“We are thrilled to present this check to the United Way of Northwest Florida,” said Phillip Metcalf of Trawick Construction. “They make such a huge impact in our community and we are proud of our partnership with them.”
Trawick Construction is a leading provider of outside plant services to telecom and long line companies throughout the U.S.
“I can’t thank you guys enough for holding the golf tournament,” said Mary Smith of the Washington County Council on Aging, a United Way agency. “Our goal is to provide for the founders of Washington County, to meet their needs and to keep them in their homes for as long as possible.”
Smith said the Council on Aging has suffered a 15 percent budget decrease in the last two years, and because of budget constraints, the Meals on Wheels program is limited and there is a waiting list of seniors requesting hot meals.
“We’ll do anything we can to help promote the golf tournament,” said Smith. “Just let us know and we’ll do what we can to help.”
“This golf tournament is so important because there is a real need for these services,” said Nicole Barefield, publisher of the Washington County News and the Holmes County Times-Advertiser said. “We see it every day.”
“For every dollar you donate, the Council on Aging gets $9 in matching funds. I don’t know anywhere else you can get a 9-to-1 return on your money,” said Ron Sharpe, director of resource development for United Way of Northwest Florida.
The money raised by the local golf tournament stays in Northwest Florida and helps our United Way agencies and our neighbors, Sharpe said.
“You know how important it is what you guys are doing, I hope you can hear the sincerity when we say ‘thank you,’” Sharpe told the Trawick employees. “You didn’t have to do this tournament, but you got involved and did it. That is so awesome.”