Harlem Ambassadors & Mini Golf Renovations

  • Harlem Ambassadors Basketball and Jaycees Mini Golf Renovation

    The Ludington Area Jaycees are planning a full renovation of the Mini Golf Course at Stearns Beach before the opening of the 2015 season. The Miniature Golf Course was started in 1967 to generate funds to support community projects, and since that year nearly $300,000 has been donated. The proceeds from Mini Golf are not used to support Ludington Area Jaycee projects. Some of the community projects that the funds have gone to support over the years are: Purchase of the banners for Downtown Development, Birthing Room at Spectrum Hospital, Fish Cleaning Station at Copeyon Park, The Ludington Recreation Soccer Field on Bryant Rd, Scottville Clown Band Music Museum, Emergency Equipment for the Ludington Fire Department, the Waterfront Playground, Oriole Field renovation, and many other community projects. Currently the Jaycees are having “Charity Mini Golf Mondays” to support local charitable organizations, they give 30% of that days sales to the organization that is being represented. The organizations served so far include The Freedom Festival fund for 2014, COVE, The Ludington Area Center for the Arts and AFFEW.org. Coming up still this summer are Habitat for Humanity, Student Support Services, St. Simon’s Hearts to Haiti, Helpingahero.org, Lakeside Civic Players and the Ludington Splash Pad Committee. The Ludington Area Jaycees are also running a food drive to benefit the Salvation Army food pantry- Bring your non-perishable food to mini golf and get a discount on your game.

    The Golf Course, located at the West end of Ludington Ave, underwent renovation in 1987 and then was
    updated again in 1997. It is currently in need of a full renovation in order to fix water drainage issues on the course and also to make it fully accessible for all players. Sales, have been low in recent history, due to having an outdated course in need of repair, and this has not allowed the Mini Golf to return much in the way of monetary support back to our community. “When the course is updated and making more money- there will be more funds to help out the community with, more money to give back to all these organizations locally that are working to do good in the world- and we would be able to support the Freedom Festival better so that we would not have to fund raise every year in order to provide Ludington with the fireworks and parade. Currently, we get-maybe-2-3 months off and then we have to start planning and fund raising for the next year’s Freedom Festival. Our Mini Golf Course is a great tool to be able to raise those funds for the Freedom Festival and for our community,” Says Ludington Area Jaycees 2014 President, Heather Catron. “The current costs of the renovation is between $45,000-$78,000 depending on the finalized design and how many services our community is willing to donate in order to help. Our largest costs will be cement and landscaping. ”

    How can you help?
    Come play Mini Golf! Bring your family and friends!
    2014 Admission costs:
    ADULTS $5
    CHILDREN 6 to 12 years old $4
    CHILDREN 5 and under FREE
    SENIOR CITIZENS $4
    SERVICE PERSONNEL (military, police, firefighters, etc) FREE with ID
    GROUPS of 10 or more $3 each
    Patio can also be reserved for parties
    for an hourly fee that includes mini golf play.
    The Ludington Area Jaycees are also looking for sponsors and donations. The donations can be that of services, also, such as cement work, painting or landscaping, please contact President Heather Catron directly at 517-902-9525 or via e-mail at stars4hcat@yahoo.com if you have a service you would like to donate. The Ludington Area Jaycees are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

    All monetary donations are accepted, and can be made at the Mini Golf Course or by sending it to
    Ludington Area Jaycees c/o Mini Golf, PO Box 411, Ludington, MI 49431
    All checks should be payable to the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf.

    How else can you help?
    Support the Jaycees by buying a ticket to see the Harlem Ambassadors Basketball team play a local basketball team made up of “The Mason County All Stars” (roster TBA)
    Ticket sales officially begin on Monday, July 28th for the game that is to be played October 21st 2014 at the Ludington High School Gymnasium. The Harlem Ambassadors are a troupe of talented, traveling basketball players who travel and play local teams in order to help communities raise money. They strive to deliver a quality basketball show to audiences throughout the United States and internationally. The show is designed to be fun for customers of all ages, with youngsters being awed for the first time and older folks enjoying the tried-and-true gags like a rerun of a favorite comedy movie. The Ambassadors’ operation is professional in all aspects. In addition to having a wholesome family entertainment product, they are also good citizens and willing role models for youth, promoting the values of staying in school, staying off drugs and fostering racial harmony.
    Tickets costs are:
    Adult $10 pre-sale, $12 at the door.
    Students (ages 6-18) and Seniors $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door.
    Kids 5 and under are free.

    You can buy tickets this next week, July 28-30, at Walmart on US 10 from 11am-6pm,
    at the Jaycees booth during Friday Night Live (6-9 pm downtown Ludington on July 25th and August 1st), at the Jaycees Mini Golf Course during business hours (noon-9pm on weekdays, noon to 10pm on weekends) starting July 28th, from any Ludington Area Jaycees that you may know, or directly from their website: http:///www.ludingtonareajaycees.org starting on July 28th. For more information please contact President Heather Catron at 517-902-9525 or via e-mail at stars4hcat@yahoo.com.

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