The third annual “Fireworks Scramble Golf Outing” sponsored by the Fishers Freedom Festival is in need of golfers to participate in this important community fundraiser.  It will be held at Hawthorns Golf and Country Club (12255 Club Point Drive, Fishers) on Monday, August 10th teeing off at noon.   Profits from the outing will primarily support the Fishers Freedom Festival’s ongoing program called “Roy G. Holland Backpacks for Kids” which provides all Hamilton Southeastern School District children-in-need with their backpacks and school supplies. 

The “Holland Backpacks for Kids” program started in 2000 and has provided backpacks and school supplies to over 1,500 needy children within Hamilton Southeastern school district.  The festival works directly with the school district to find out how many children qualify and need assistance.  Then all backpacks and school supplies are collected from donations or purchased, then assembled and distributed to the schools.

There will be an estimated 300 backpacks with supplies needed for this rapidly approaching school year.  The festival still has some supplies left over from last year, but will need to purchase about $3000 worth of supplies more to fill this year’s need.  Last year, 215 backpacks were distributed and over 100 backpacks were given each year since the program’s inception. 

Backpacks have all of the basic school supplies required by the school system.  Depending on the grade level and school, a backpack includes items like paper, pens, pencils, markers, notebooks, binders, pencil boxes, crayons, colored pencils, erasers, highlighters, folders, calculator, ruler, protractor, etc.

 Individual golfers are $150 or $575 for a foursome.  The cost includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, a boxed lunch, dinner banquet, beverages on the course, gift and prizes.  Please wear collared shirts.  No denim or spikes allowed.  Please give reservations by August 6.  Online registration is available by clicking here and you can pay via Paypal, email freedomfestival@sbcglobal.net, or call 317-595-3195. 

The festival is not only looking for participants, but a wide range of sponsors, raffle prizes, and silent auction items to help cover the expense of the event.  If you would like to become a sponsor or donate items for the silent auction and raffle, please contact the festival office.

A smaller portion of the proceeds will also help support the annual Fishers Freedom Festival which provides free entertainment to approximately 60,000 attendees every year.  Also, it will benefit the “Roy Holland Memorial Fund” which is a $2500 annual scholarship given to a Town of Fishers employee, spouse or child; “Ken Wright Community and Life Scholarship” of $1000 each given to four high school students; and other local scouting units and youth organizations.

Back in 1989, the founders of the Fishers Parade and Festival decided to have a community gathering to celebrate Independence Day.  With the help of volunteers, the event originated as a one-day community picnic, parade, and a few games for the children.  Due to the overwhelming participation by the public, this event grew to a two-day event.

The mission of the Fishers Freedom Festival is to encourage fellowship through civic partnerships and citizen involvement by creating a safe environment, developing needed community services, promoting family integrity and striving to improve the quality of life for every resident by investing in human potential. 

The 22nd Annual Fishers Freedom Festival will be Saturday, June 26 & Sunday, June 27, 2009.  The Festival is always in need of volunteers at different levels of participation.  For more information on volunteering or about the festival, please email freedomfestival@sbcglobal.net, visit 8601 East 116th Street in Fishers or call 317-595-3195.