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Baraboo charities unite for golf outing

July 27, 2018 GMT

A pair of Baraboo nonprofits have united to form a twosome for an upcoming charity golf outing.

The Baraboo Kiwanis Club will present the Walt Smith Charity Golf Outing on Aug. 7 at the Baraboo Country Club. The fundraiser will support Kiwanis’ many philanthropic projects and Sauk County Crime Stoppers.

The partnership made sense as Smith was a devoted Kiwanian until his death in 2016. His broad service to the community included establishing an annual golf outing that raised money for various local nonprofits, including Crime Stoppers.

Pete Premo, a member of the Kiwanis board and president of Crime Stoppers, said pairing two organizations dear to Smith, both of which operated golf outings, made sense. The partnership expands the pool of volunteer help available to run the outing, as well as the crop of potential sponsors, donors and players.

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“I felt we could both benefit from it,” Premo said. “To me, this was a logical thing for us to do.”

Kiwanis President David Vander Schaff agreed that the nonprofits’ combined strength will make for a large event that generates money for good causes. “Kiwanis is excited to enter into this partnership and further the legacy of one of our club’s great members,” Vander Schaaf said. “We hope joining forces with Crime Stoppers will give the golf outing — and both organizations — a great boost.”

The event will raise money through players’ registration fees, raffle proceeds and sponsorships. With the event less than two weeks away, both organizations are working to round up players, raffle items and sponsors.

The Walt Smith Charity Golf Outing wasn’t held last year, as its founder’s passing was still too fresh. Premo said bringing back the event in a new form will further Smith’s legacy and benefit two organizations he treasured.

“It just seemed like a natural thing,” Premo said. “Hopefully it’ll work out to be a good deal.”