Roanoke Electric Raises $34,000 to Support Community Development

Gloomy skies and rain failed to dampen the spirit of the day, as golfers teed up in support of a cause at Roanoke Electric Cooperative’s inaugural Golf Classic Tournament. Held November 9 at Scotch Hall Preserve Golf Course in Merry Hill, the first-time tournament raised more than $34,000 to advance the mission of the Roanoke Center, a non-profit affiliate of the co-op.

Seventy-two golfers completed 18 holes of golf and participated in activities including the Wingspan Raffle, Putting Contest, Trivia Tee Competition, Men and Women Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin Competitions. Prizes were sponsored by Strickland’s Auto Group in Ahoskie, and included a vacation to award-winning golf destination, French Link Resort.

“We congratulate this year’s tournament winners, Andy Harris, Brandon Godwin and Zimm Hagang,” said Roanoke Electric COO Marshall Cherry. “We also extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every donor and sponsor who helped make the tournament an exciting event and successful fundraiser for the Roanoke Center. We look forward to our second annual Golf Classic Tournament in 2018.”

The Roanoke Center promotes community economic development in the cooperative’s service territory, comprised of Bertie, Gates, Halifax, Hertford and Northampton counties. The Center offers local citizens and entrepreneurs technology assistance, training and other business development services and spearheads programs to generate regional investment.

It also leads the area-wide Sustainable Forestry Project, provides technical assistance and marketing support to Roanoke Electric’s popular Upgrade to $ave program, and offers contractor recruiting and training assistance to Roanoke Electric enabling it to better serve its member-owners. The Roanoke Center also works to secure USDA Rural Development loans and grants in support of community development.