This summer, the Little River Casino Resort's 19th annual Charity Golf Outing brought in $63,206, which was officially distributed on Friday to eight area nonprofit organizations. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

This summer, the Little River Casino Resort’s 19th annual Charity Golf Outing brought in $63,206, which was officially distributed on Friday to eight area nonprofit organizations. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Over the past 19 years, the Little River Casino Resort has raised more than $800,000 to benefit various charitable organizations in the area through its annual Charity Golf Outing.

This summer, the event’s 19th annual installment brought in $63,206 alone, which was officially distributed on Friday to eight nonprofit organizations during a check presentation at the Little River Casino Resort.

“This year, we selected eight different charities between Mason County, Manistee County and the Muskegon area,” said Chad Eckhardt, Player Development Manager at the Little River Casino Resort. “A lot of these charities have to be privately funded. They look for contributions, and it’s really important to keep these organizations going.

“We really feel strongly, here at the resort, about giving back to the community that we live in,” he added, “and help give a boost to these organizations that can sometimes struggle with funding.”

The Charity Golf Outing was held at the Manistee National Golf and Resort on July 13, and it featured 156 golfers, 42 vendors and 20 volunteers.

The $63,206 in proceeds were raised through local private contributions and business vendors of the Little River Casino Resort, bringing the running total of he annual event to $855,087.

This year’s outing benefited the following nonprofit organizations: ARC of Manistee; Armory Youth Project; Manistee Saints/Reitz Park; SNAG Spay and Neuter Action Group; Kaleva VFW; Mason County Family Events; Mona Shores Youth Baseball/Softball; and Muskegon 92 for 22 Veterans Suicide and PTSD Awareness.

Each year, organizers of the event accept applications and requests from area charities/nonprofits for consideration.

“We take applications in early spring, and we’ll see anything from youth groups, special needs groups, local food pantries, everything,” Eckhardt said. “(Selecting the beneficiaries) all depends on where the need is and how much we’re able to distribute.

“Usually our goal is about $50,000, and this year we exceeded that,” he added. “Everybody got what they asked for and even a little bit more.

“We encourage other organizations around the area to submit an application in March, April, May, and we’ll see if we can spread the wealth.”

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