MORRIS – Operation St. Nick is in the process of delivering the $12,000 raised Saturday at the fifth annual Norton Cup Golf Classic at Nettle Creek Country Club.
Joe Schmitz of Operation St. Nick said Tuesday about $2,000 has been split between three families so far, and he plans to disperse the remainder among six more families. Schmitz is working with Catholic Charities and Help 4 Hope of Coal City to identify families affected by the June 22 EF3 tornado who have not yet been helped by donations.
The organizations will then share the names of those they helped with other agencies so there is no duplication of assistance.
“We’re doing our due diligence to make sure we find those with needs,” Schmitz said.
Proceeds from the Norton Cup Golf Classic have benefited area libraries in an effort to improve literacy, but because of the sheer impact of the tornado, the Norton family decided to work with Operation St. Nick to help as many families struggling financially as possible, Nancy Norton Ammer said.
The Norton family donated $2,500 in memory of Bill Norton.
The devastation was so widespread and affected so many friends and neighbors, Norton Ammer said, that they had to help.
“No one could go over to Coal City and not see the devastation,” Norton Ammer said Wednesday.
A $3,800 check – half of the cumulative golfer entry fees – was submitted by John O’Connor of Visions Golf and Kurt Nolen of Nettle Creek Country Club. Norton Ammer said the course was in beautiful condition with a backdrop of beautiful weather.
Other donations were made in amounts ranging $25 to $1,000. The event was sponsored by Standard Bank & Trust.
The best score in the full field of 76 golfers was carded by Mike Meyer and Chas Gorham with a 5-under par 66 in the two-player format. Schmitz said the next closest score was a 69.