By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016
Planning committee members of the 31st annual RCTC Golf Classic include (L to R): Missie White, Jodi Manning, Jo Bostick, Ralph Richardson, Amy Littleton, Greg Crawford and Jessica Wilbourn. (Not pictured: Beth Ann Jensen, Clay Whitmire and Julie Adams-Simmons.)
For over five decades, the Rogers County Training Center (RCTC) has assisted individuals with developmental and physical disabilities to find independence and a meaningful way of life through vocational training and job placement services, while also providing area businesses with valuable labor, either on a permanent or intermittent basis.
The Rogers County Training Center is a subsidiary of Home of Hope, which provides a broad range of services to over 200 individuals in a six-county area spanning two states. Dr. Ralph Richardson, a psychologist and chief executive officer of Home of Hope, says, “These men and women with developmental disabilities deserve the same opportunities we all want in life, including a home, relationships, and meaningful work, but they need some degree of support to make it possible.”
To support these individuals, BancFirst will host the 31st annual Golf Classic for Rogers County Training Center on Friday, May 6 at the Heritage Hills Golf Course in Claremore. The event is a four-man (or woman!) scramble format with designated tee times and flights. Jessica Wilbourn, marketing and development director for Home of Hope, encourages golfers to sign up early to get their choice of tee time. All skill levels are welcome, and the cost per four-person team is $300.
Participants in the golf tournament are treated to a delicious lunch of burgers and hot dogs with all the fixins’, donated by Goldie’s and Walke Brothers Meats. Lunch will be grilled by the Fryer family, whose son Todd is a member of the RCTC program.
Lots of fun games will take place throughout the day, including a hole in one competition. The lucky golfer to make the hole in one will receive an amazing prize – a brand-new, shiny vehicle from Jack Kissee Ford.
A 19th Hole Silent Auction will include a variety of gift baskets; sports items and memorabilia, including an autographed basketball by OKC Thunder player Steven Adams; a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino package for overnight stay, dinner and a round of golf for two; Mother’s Day items and more. The items will be on view at the Heritage Hills Clubhouse a week prior to the tournament. Donations for the auction are still welcomed and greatly appreciated; contact Jessica Wilbourn at
Tournament committee members would love to have 40 teams participate this year, with the goal to raise $25,000. Sign up now to enjoy a relaxed, beautiful day on a wonderful golf course while helping local individuals enjoy meaningful work through RCTC’s employment opportunities. Can you think of a better place to see your dollars at work?
Major sponsors of the Golf Classic are BancFirst, HydroHoist Boat Lifts, Pelco Structural, LLC, Firstar Bank and Citizens Bank. Additional sponsors include McFarlin-Ingersoll Ranch, Goldie’s Patio Grill, Walke Brothers Meat Company, and Kissee Ford. Sponsorships are still available and range from $100 to $1,000. Committee members would like to extend a special “thank you” to BancFirst, who has spearheaded the tournament since its very beginning 31 years ago.
To register a team, contact Amy Littleton at (918) 283-8953 or eat0@eau0eav0eaw0. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Greg Crawford at
(918) 944-0415 or eat1@eau1eav1eaw1.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.
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