Independent Living Services of Conway, a nonprofit agency seeking to assist in the betterment of life for Central Arkansans with developmental and intellectual disabilities, will soon hold its annual Golf Ball Drop fundraiser.


On Nov. 13, at Estes Stadium on the University of Central Arkansas campus, a hefty carriage of numbered golf balls will be dropped from a sky lift during a UCA Bears home game against Sam Houston State.
The ball found closest to the marked “hole” will secure $2010 for the corresponding number holder of that ball.


“In the last five years, this fundraiser has raised over $60,000 for ILS,” Bobby Kelly, director of development, said.
Kelly said the raised funds go to the organization’s foundation, which as-of-late, has been the necessary revenue source for the program’s expanding transportation need.


“The funds we raised last year went directly to the purchase of a 19-passenger bus that takes our consumers from Greenbrier to Conway for needs such as necessary shopping, employment, and education opportunities,” Kelly said.


One hundred of ILS’s consumers attend a day school program near Conway’s downtown, the Profiles Enrichment Center.
“Our consumers shop in Conway, attend Profiles in Conway, spend their money in Conway, and are direct contributors to this community,” Kelly said.


The organization will host its fundraising campaign opener, the Golf Ball Drop Tee Off, tonight, at the Conway Country Club, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m.
Golf ball tickets will be available for purchase at the event, at $10 per ball, three balls for $25, seven balls for $50, and 20 balls for $100.
The event will include a silent auction, where a signed photograph of former Razorback, Peyton Hillis, is up for grabs, as well as a football signed by Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett.


Twelve pieces of consumer artwork, created at Profiles Enrichment Center, will also be available for purchase, and proceeds will benefit each artist.
Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and door prizes awarded at the event, with a suggested $20 donation.


Golf Ball Drop tickets are available for purchase by going to the agency’s website, www.indliving.org, or by calling Bobby Kelly at 329-8249, or by visiting the administration offices at 1615 Independence Avenue in Conway. Mail donations for tickets to P.O. box 1070, Conway, AR, 72033.


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