March 12 & 13, 2017 - Save the Date
The Women of Woodside organization held the first WOW Cup charity fundraiser in March of 2008. The event was conceptualized during the summer of 2007 as a golf and tennis event to raise money for specific charities. Then president of The Women of Woodside, Dot Martin, had the vision to hold an event that would bring together the entire Woodside community to support the incredible efforts that our local charities exert on an ongoing basis.
The first edition did include tennis, but since then the event has been comprised of only the Sunday evening Reception/Auction and the Monday Golf Tournament. The Sunday evening activities alternate each year between Woodside Plantation Country Club and The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation. Both clubs are used for the golf on Monday and the post golf activities, including awards presentations, are alternated each year between the two clubs.
Shortly after the event is held, a Women of Woodside committee screens and selects the charity or charities for the following year's event. The selected charities have been:
2008 - Aiken Area Council on Aging and Helping Hands
2009 - Habitat for Humanity
2010 - Area Churches Together Serving ( ACTS)
2011 - Cumbee Center
2012 - Children's Place and The First Tee of Aiken
2013 - The First Tee of Aiken and Christ Central Ministries GED Program
2014 - Child Advocacy Center of Aiken and The First Tee of Aiken
2015 - Christ Central's Hope Center and The First Tee of Aiken
2016 South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness and The First Tee of Aiken
Over the eight year period, the WOW Cup has raised over $300,000 for the charities listed above. The WOW Cup team wasn't willing to settle for the regular golf tournament model, raising $15,000-$25,000 per year. They added a combination Silent Auction and Live Auction on Sunday evening to add to the proceeds. The Silent Auction consists of not only items generously donated by area businesses and individuals, but many items that are crafted by Woodside and other Aiken residents. The "Live Auction" consists of some higher valued items as well as area golf professionals who volunteer to play with the highest bidders. The pro portion of the auction has contributed as much as $9,000 in a single year and typically amounts to 20%, or more, of the total tournament proceeds.
The winning team has the WOW Cup trophy housed at their home club for the following year, as well as their names engraved on the accompanying plaque. However, it's clear that the real winners are the charities that are selected, the people they support, and all who participate in or contribute to this community event. The 2016 WOW Cup will be held on March 13 and 14. Anyone interested in playing, volunteering, sponsoring or donating auction items can contact Tony or Debbie Allman at 803 643-0242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.