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Salvation Army tees off

| Friday, May 4, 2012, 4:59 a.m.

The Greensburg Salvation Army was looking for a way to supplement its income.

Tony Lizza, a local businessman, had an idea for a fundraiser that ordinarily might not be connected with the Salvation Army -- a golf tournament.

The event will be held today at Valley Green Golf Course in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with golfers set to tee off at 9 a.m.

"We are doing a golf tournament as a fundraiser to supplement our income to get through the rest of the year," said Capt. Lawrence Shurtleff, of the Greensburg Salvation Army. "A gentlemen came in and said, 'I want to help the Salvation Army.' A golf tournament seemed like a good idea. He kind of spearheaded the whole thing."

Shurtleff said seven foursomes have paid a fee of $200 to play in today's tournament. Eleven holes of the tournament have been sponsored for a price of $50 each. Shurtleff said the Greensburg Salvation Army should receive close to $2,500 from the event.

"We're going to use the money to help us make it through the rest of the fiscal year, paying the electric bill and helping others pay their electric bill," Shurtleff said.

Among those hitting the links will be Salvation Army advisory board members and representatives from businesses in Greensburg and Scottdale. Shurtleff, who admits to not being a good golfer, also plans to play.

Alternative means for funding have been used as fundraisers over the years. The Salvation Army in Uniontown, Fayette County, had triathlons and a 5K walk. Greensburg's unit had a car wash.

"We normally get some grants from other organizations," Shurtleff said. "Some of them are being cut. We do have to supplement with some fundraisers."

Early indications are that the weather will cooperate, but Shurtleff planned an alternative date in case of rain today.

"It's not supposed to rain," Shurtleff said. "We're going to talk to God and ask him to help us."

Trophies will be awarded to the winners.

"This is something we're hoping to do annually," Shurtleff said.

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