Putt-a-Palooza for Hours of Unlimited Mini Golf

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Featured, News Release | 0 comments


Popular fundraiser returns for family fun with a larger purpose

Fishers, IN – The Second Annual Putt-a-Palooza will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Ben & Ari’s in Fishers. Tickets include unlimited mini golf, pizza from Marco’s Pizza, face painting, kids’ games, a 50/50 putt off contest, silent auction and more.

Three hours of limitless family fun and food and the proceeds all go to the Youth Mentoring Initiative (YMI).  Last year more than 125 people attended the inaugural Putt-a-Palooza event and more than $6,000 was raised for YMI mentor training and program implementation.

The Youth Mentoring Initiative work with local schools by providing mentorship programs at no cost. Trained mentors meet with students in grades 5 – 12 on a weekly basis during the school day throughout the school year in Hamilton County. Mentors support the personal development of students through primarily personal support and some academic assistance.

In the inaugural year, 2008, 24 mentors were trained and 50 students participated. The goal was to help Options Charter School seniors prepare for life after high school. In 2010, 49 additional mentors were trained and 80 students participated at Options Charter Schools of Carmel and Noblesville, Fishers Junior High, Noblesville High School. Fishers High School will also participate this fall.

YMI founder and president, Darren Heil, says, “YMI was started because of the relational needs our teens have. More positive adult relationships are needed to help our teens grow into healthy, productive members of society.”

The Fishers Fire Department and Police Department have chosen to support YMI. In fact, the town of Fishers does, too.

“The Town of Fishers understands the importance of developing our children’s life skills,” Scott Fadness, Fishers town manager says. “YMI is a great tool to do just that. We look forward to furthering our relationship with this great organization.”

Not only is the town of Fishers behind YMI, local businesses and churches are stepping up as well. Gaylor Electric is a corporate sponsor. BridgeWay Community Church, Cross Point church, RedWall Live Experiential Marketing, Nathan Phaler of ReMax, Josh Miles of Miles Design and Bryan Orander of Charitable Advisors are all contributors as well.

Any person or business interested in sponsorship or mentoring opportunities can learn more at www.ymionline.org; or contact Darren Heil by phone at (317) 370-9070 or by e-mail at darren@ymionline.org .



Event information:

Second Annual Putt-a-Palooza

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011

4 – 7 p.m.

Ben & Ari’s

13875 Trade Center Drive

Fishers, IN 46038

(317) 770-5294

Tickets: $10/per person or $36/family of four

Available at the door or online at www.ymionline.org/ymiputting


Photos included: Scott Fadness, Fishers Town Manager; Darren Heil, Founder and CEO of YMI; 2010 event photo.

Caption: The Gieselman family enjoyed unlimited mini golf at the innaugural Putt-a-Palooza in 2010. All proceeds went to YMI to support mentoring programs in Hamilton County.


About Youth Mentoring Initiative

Youth Mentoring Initiative (YMI) is a grassroots organization that was founded in 2008 by Darren Heil. The YMI mission is to support local schools by providing community funded mentor programs that help in the personal development of students. The philosophy behind the organization is that any student can benefit from having a mentor and that everyone is responsible for the next generation. The YMI motto, Our Schools, Our Students, Our Community, is the YMI way of communicating the “it takes a village” idea and our program is putting it into action here in the town of Fishers and the rest of Hamilton County.

For more information:

Contact Darren Heil

(317) 370-9070

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