Elementary school children in the free and reduced lunch program in the Alton School District will receive additional support during weekends this coming school year.

The beneficiary of the 9th Annual Simmons Employee Foundation Golf Tournament is Blessings in a Backpack. The national program discretely provides weekend meals to children who might otherwise go hungry by distributing food in their backpacks on Friday afternoons.

Approximately 150 students who qualify for Blessings in a Backpack have been identified in the Alton School District. To fully fund the program for its 3-year duration, a total of $40,000 must be raised. All net proceeds from this year’s SEF golf tournament will benefit the program.

The tournament takes place June 14 at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville. Registration costs $100 per player or $400 per team. Tee off times are at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Prizes for first and second place will be awarded.

Nationwide more than 62,000 children are being fed at 437 schools in 42 states through Blessings in a Backpack programs. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have been attributed to the program.

Please help Simmons employees reach their goal to feed Alton elementary kids by signing up for this year’s golf tournament or becoming a sponsor.

Teams registered and paid by May 31 will be entered into a drawing for four St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets.

Sponsorships for 2013 include the following opportunities. (Registration is not required to become a child or hole sponsor.)

Sponsor a child | $80

This one-time donation of $80 will feed one child on the weekends for an entire 38-week school year. To sponsor a child, please select the “Sponsor a Child” option on the registration brochure.

Hole sponsor | $100

This one-time donation of $100 will provide you or your company with a sign on the green next to a hole on the green. Space is limited, so hurry to reserve your spot!

Birdie Sponsor | $1,000

The Birdie Sponsor costs $1,000 and includes entry fees for one team, one hole sponsor, golf shirts for all team members, skins and mulligans, and reserved dinner seating.

Eagle Sponsor | $2,500

The Eagle Sponsor costs $2,500 and ensures your team plays in style. It includes the Birdie sponsorship benefits PLUS a personal beverage cart with your own driver and your choice of beverages and snacks and signage at the tournament.

Please return the registration and sponsorship form with a check payable to SEF to:

Amy Stiebel
Simmons Employee Foundation
One Court St.
Alton, Illinois 62002

For additional questions about the tournament contact Amy at 618-259-2222 or astiebel@104.130.124.231.

Learn more about Blessings in a Backpack at http://www.blessingsinabackpack.org.