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Golfers support programs FORE! local domestic violence survivors

Area golfers helped putt an end to domestic violence and sexual assault by raising $34,000 at the Heartland Family Service (HFS) 26th Annual Safe Haven Golf Tournament on Monday, September 23, at Eagle Hills Golf Course.

Julie Strohfus with Cobalt Credit Union served as this year’s Honorary Chair. In addition to receiving lunch, dinner, and drink tickets, golfers participated in several games and activities throughout the course. Golfers had the chance to get a “Hole in One” and win a 2019 Chevrolet Colorado from Beardmore Chevrolet-Subaru and pay $10 on the third hole as part of the “Circle Hole” Challenge.” On the seventh hole, golfers had fun teeing off in high heels for the “Putt Yourself in Their Shoes” Challenge.

The Embassy Suites-La Vista team finished first place in the tournament,winning a foursome to Oak Hills Country Club and a $50 Jones Bros. Cupcakes Gift Card. Jim Gould’s team took second place and was awarded a foursome to the Field Club of Omaha, as well as a $50 Jones Bros. Cupcakes Gift Card. The Red Berry Innovations team finished last, receiving a foursome to Eagle Hills Golf Course and a $25 gift certificate to the Eagle Hills Pro Shop.

All funds support the Heartland Family Service (HFS) Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program, including the Safe Haven concealed emergency shelter to protect women, men, and children escaping violence. The demand for these services has never been greater. In 2018, Heartland Family Service provided care to more than 2,000 women, men, and children in the Omaha metro area, but also were forced to turn away over 800 individuals in need due to capacity and limited funds. The Heartland Family Service Safe Haven Golf Tournament is instrumental in ensuring these life-saving services continue. When life improves for one of us, life improves for all of us.

Since 1875, Heartland Family Service has responded to the needs of our area’s most vulnerable children and families. In 2018, our agency connected with over 54,000 individuals and families through direct services, education, and outreach. Each year, our 50 programs serve individuals of all ages — from infants in our Family Works program to seniors in our Generations Community Center. We operate from over 15 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. We provide critical human services to the individuals and families who ultimately shape the future of our community through the following program areas: Child & Family Well-Being, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing, Safety, & Financial Stability.