• Spouses club combines fun with fundraising

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Heart health and yoga highlighted the monthly Fort Leavenworth Spouses’ Club luncheon Feb. 14 at the Frontier Conference Center.
    Yoga and meditation teacher Kathy Glaser taught attendees breathing techniques, yoga moves to help with joint health and balance, the tree pose to help calm the nervous system and the “loving kindness” meditation.
    “They’re getting some information and they’re socializing with friends,” said FLSC Publicity Chair Sarah Pezzullo. “We try to keep it very light and fun and we have a good time.”
    Though the monthly luncheons are social gatherings for FLSC, they are just one of the ways that FLSC gives back to the community. Every year FLSC awards thousands of dollars in scholarships and welfare grants — giving away $26,000 in the 2017 — by raising money through annual events such as the Holiday Bazaar in December and selling tickets for door prizes at the luncheons. This year, FLSC has added the first FLSC Scholarship Golf Scramble from 1-7 p.m. March 30 at Trails West Golf Course.
    “Part of our mission is to raise money to give back to the community in the form of scholarships and welfare grants,” Pezzullo said.
    Along with scholarships and grants, FLSC collects items for local organizations at each monthly luncheon. In November, FLSC collected canned fruit and tuna for Leavenworth Welcome Central; in December, FLSC collected Christmas cards for veterans at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Leavenworth; and, in January, FLSC collected pet items for the Fort Leavenworth Stray Facility. At the February luncheon, members brought snacks and phone cards for the VA Hospital.
    “Everywhere we move becomes home to us, whether it is for a year or we end up retiring there,” said FLSC President Katie Hartrich. “It is important to give back to the communities that take us in and give us so much during the time we call them home. These organizations have offered support to the military community in some way and we are glad to be able to support them.”
    Last year, FLSC awarded 21 scholarships for a total of $15,000 to 11 high school seniors, seven continuing undergraduates and three spouses, plus issued 28 welfare grants totaling $11,000.
    Scholarship applications can be downloaded by visiting www.fortleavenworthspousesclub.org/scholarships-3/ and must be submitted by March 23. Applications for this year’s 2018-19 scholarships are now being accepted. To apply for a scholarship, eligibility requirements are as follows:
    • All scholarship applicants must have a parent, guardian or sponsor who is currently serving and assigned to Fort Leavenworth or the Leavenworth area (within a 40-mile radius of the installation) or is a retired service member living in the Fort Leavenworth/ Leavenworth area.
    Page 2 of 3 - • The scholarship has three categories — high school senior (Fort Leavenworth/Leavenworth community high school graduate during the 2017-18 schoolyear), continuing undergraduate (must have at least one parent currently residing in the Fort Leavenworth/Leavenworth community) and spouse education (must be a spouse of a service member assigned to Fort Leavenworth, pursuing an undergraduate degree or continued education).
    • The applicant must be accepted or expect to be accepted by an institution of higher education.
    • High school graduate and continuing undergraduate applicants must agree to enroll as a full-time student. Spouse education applicants may be enrolled full- or part-time.
    • All applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
    “Military spouses and children give so much to support their service members that it is great to give back to them so they have the opportunity to further their education and pursue their dreams,” Hartrich said.
    This is the first year for the golf scramble and Pezzullo said she hopes it will allow FLSC to give away more money each year.
    “We’re really hoping to make this an annual event. Trails West Golf Course has been amazing to work with and it’s nice to know that they’re going to be the one running the golf scramble side of it. It’s being run by professionals,” Pezzullo said. “It’s bringing out everybody —on-post and off-post — to come in and play golf and play it for a good cause and knowing that all the money is going to go back into the community.”
    The FLSC is still looking for businesses to sponsor the event. For the scramble, there are six sponsorship levels:
    Presenting Sponsorship ($5,000) — includes two team entries, three hole sponsorships, a banner on the day of the scramble, recognition during scramble announcements, awards and advertisements, a display table at the registration area and reception, and eight passes to the awards banquet.
    Double Eagle Sponsorship ($2,500) — includes one team entry, two hole sponsorships, a banner on the day of the scramble, recognition during scramble announcements, awards and advertisements, a display table at the registration area, and four passes to the awards banquet.
    Eagle Sponsorship ($1,500) — includes one team entry, one hole sponsorship, recognition during scramble announcements, awards and advertisements, and four passes to the awards banquet.
    Awards Banquet Sponsor ($1,000) — includes title rights to the awards banquet, one team entry, recognition during scramble announcements, awards, and advertisements, and four passes to the awards banquet.
    Putting Contest Sponsor ($500) — includes title rights to the putting contest, recognition during the awards banquet and advertisements, and four passes to the awards banquet.
    Hole Sponsorship ($250) — includes one hole sponsorship, recognition in scramble print products and all advertisements; and two passes to the awards banquet.
    Page 3 of 3 - Businesses are also encouraged to donate hole prizes and items for gift bags and the silent auction. Sponsorship donations must be received by March 2 to ensure proper recognition. For more information or to arrange custom sponsorship packages, e-mail specialeventsflsc@ gmail.com, flscscholarshipscramble@gmail.com, or call (309) 236-4223.
    The FLSC Scholarship Scramble is March 30 at Trails West Golf Course. Shotgun start is at 1 p.m. The event is $65 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, buffet meal, swag bag and prizes. For more information or to purchase tickets e-mail special eventsflsc@ gmail.com.
    Members of the FLSC must have a military affiliation, including spouses, active-duty service members, retirees, Gold Star family members, National Guard or Reserve or Department of Defense civilian family members. Cost is $12.50 for the year. The next FLSC luncheon is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 14 at the FCC and will feature a fashion show. For more information, visit www.fortleavenworthspousesclub.org.
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