OGDEN -- For the past 10 years, Burke Larsen has organized a golf tournament to benefit the Ogden Rescue Mission, but this year's tournament, set for Sept. 9 at Wolf Creek Resort, still needs six teams.
The cost is $500 per each four-person team, Larsen said.
He said he was looking for something to do in the community and remembered President George H.W. Bush commenting on the rescue mission being a point of light in the world.
"Our first year of doing this, we raised $4,500, and it doubled the second year," Larsen said. "Every year for the past seven years, we've averaged $20,000, so it's been a tremendous success -- and we'd like to keep it that way."
Gary Dowd, director of the Ogden Rescue Mission, said he's grateful for the tournament, especially during this time of the year, when donations are down.
"It's a real blessing because we are really in need of food and other things right now," he said.
"Unfortunately, we are sleeping as many people as we do in the winter right now. We have people sleeping on the floor. We usually get a break during the summer months, but we haven't gotten one this year."
The increase in people has also caused an increase in expenses, Dowd said. Hot water, utilities, even laundry soap bills are higher.
Larsen said in order to be on a golf team, reservations and donations need to be made by Friday.
If you would like to reserve a team, call George Squires at 801-433-1672. Checks should be made out to the Ogden Rescue Mission and mailed to Squires at 111 E. Broadway, Suite 1400, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.