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Girls' shelter pleased with big donation
Ladies golf association gives more than $10K
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Forsyth County News

The staff of Jesse’s House recently received a welcome gift.

Representatives of the Windermere Ladies Golf Association presented more than $10,700 in donations from a recent fundraiser.

Jesse’s House is a nonprofit emergency and long-term shelter for girls in Forsyth County.

Founded in 1998, it has taken in more than 600 young women from 23 counties across the state.

Susie Koch, president of the golf association, said members held the first "Grand Celebration" fundraiser on May 15.

Koch said the event featured a doubles golf tournament in which the teams were made up of a parent or grandparent and a child, as well as a number of raffles.

Following the tournament, the teams enjoyed an afternoon of child-friendly activities that ranged from kites and bubbles to dinner and make-your-own ice cream sundaes.

Koch said the adult-child event was her idea to "show children how we give back to the community."

"While we have fun with our families, we can help others too," she said.

Gay Baldwin, assistant director of Jesse’s House, expressed gratitude for the donation, which was presented May 23, and for support from others in certain years.

"Our commitment to provide care and supervision to our residents weighs heavily upon the outreach of our community," Baldwin said.

"Even during a time of economic hardships we are overwhelmed with the response of the local community and deeply appreciate their outpouring of support."