Charity golf events

Charity golf events in the area are listed here, including event details, golf course, start time, type of golf, cost and number to call to register.

Lloyd Hovey/AAHFS: The Atwater Area Help for Seniors program annual four-person scramble in memory of Lloyd Hovey will be July 18 at Island Pine Golf Course in Atwater. Cost is $60 per person and includes green fees, cart, gift bag and box lunch. Due to COVID-19 regulations, no gathering will be allowed before or after the tournament. Therefore to avoid gathering during registration, tee times will be used for each group with the first wave of tee times starting at 9 a.m. and 10-minute intervals from then on. Carts are one rider per cart unless you ride to the course together or are from the same household. Six-foot social distancing is advised at all times. Depending on the number of teams, a morning wave of tee times and an afternoon wave of tee times may be needed in order to have enough carts for everyone. These guidelines may change by the tournament date. Register by July 15 to guarantee a golf cart. To register call 320-974-8600. To avoid contact with registration, it is advised to please pay your team entry fee in advance. Please make checks payable to: AAHFS and mail or drop off checks to: Island Pine Golf Club, 1601 Wyoming Ave., Atwater, MN 56209.

Food Shelf

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Food Shelf, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless and Hunger Solutions announce the annual Food Shelf Challenge Grant.

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will proportionally match cash donations to Kandiyohi County Food Shelf during the month of July. The more funds Kandiyohi County Food Shelf raises in July, the larger the matching grant will be.

The food shelf serves residents in Kandiyohi County with the top three towns served being Willmar, New London and Raymond. It is helping an average of 650 households a month with a food order.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, fundraising events will look a little different than in previous years. THe Kandiyohi County Food Shelf encourages you to donate online or mail donations. Checks may be mailed to Kandiyohi County Food Shelf, 624 Pacific Ave. S.W., Willmar MN 56201 or donate online at

July fundraisers include Walt’s Car Wash fundraiser in Willmar. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 11, a portion of sales and all tips will be directed to the Kandiyohi County Food Shelf.

Relay for Life

WILLMAR — Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Relay For Life of Kandiyohi County will be participating in a statewide “Stronger Together” alternative campaign with others from across Minnesota in fundraising and activities from June 8 through Aug. 1. On Aug. 1 participants will “gather” for an online celebration at to honor survivors, recognize sponsors and participants, and the other ceremonies typically held at Relay events. Kandiyohi County is still hoping to have an event on Sept. 19 at the Kandi Mall in Willmar, but in a more ‘non-traditional’ sense.

Charity walk/ride/bike

Charity events such as walkathons, funs, motorcycle rides and bicycle rides in the area will be listed here, including event details, where it will be held, how to register and fundraising events associated with it.

LSP Prairie Pothole Bike Tour: Aug. 29, 9 a.m., starting at Monson Lake State Park, Sunburg, 45 miles. Join the Land Stewardship Project’s Robin Moore and Terry VanDerPol for a curated tour complete with local parks, a large native prairie preserve, and insights into how land management affects the region. The tour also can be joined at Swift Falls around 10:30 a.m., Terrace Mill around noon, at the Ordway Prairie at 1 p.m. (on or off your bike) and will finish back at Monson Lake State Park around 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The suggested sponsorship amount is $1 or more per mile. Registration available on Land Stewardship Project website and for more information or to register by phone, call Robin Moore at 320-269-2105 or email


Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications from Minnesota Veterans who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The department will be awarding one-time financial relief grants in the amount of $1,000.

Eligible applicants must be: a veteran as defined by Minnesota Statute 197.447, or the surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a deceased veteran, a Minnesota resident, and have been negatively financially impacted by COVID-19. Funding is available for both Disaster Relief Grants and Special Needs Grants.

Both grant applications may be submitted through your County Veterans Service Officer. The Disaster Relief Grant may also be submitted directly online by a veteran or surviving spouse. For more information or to apply, visit To contact your local County Veterans Service Officer, visit

Rice Health Foundation and Redwood Hospital Foundation have established a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to receive monetary donations for Carris Health locations. Gifts to this fund will be used to purchase COVID-19 supplies and medical equipment, provide meals for staff who remain on campus to provide care and meet other high priority needs identified to support the direct care of COVID-19 patients and others in our community.

Monetary gifts can be given online to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund (Carris Health — Rice Memorial Hospital or Carris Health — Redwood Hospital) or mail checks designated for COVID-19 to Rice Health Foundation, 301 Becker Ave. S.W., Willmar, MN 56201 or Redwood Hospital Foundation, 100 Fallwood Rd., Redwood Falls, MN 56283.

Individual county emergency operations centers are coordinating all non-monetary donations for CentraCare and Carris Health facilities. Do not deliver donations to our local hospitals or care facilities. To donate supplies in Kandiyohi County, call 320-214-6780 and in Redwood County call 507-637-4035.