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GOLF: West Texas Food Bank set to host Nick Williams Memorial Golf Tournament

West Texas Foods Financial institution functions have been front and middle in the Permian Basin since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And following a complicated yr where by get-togethers had been scarce, staff and volunteers of the Foods Financial institution are looking ahead to getting again closer to standard.

Inspite of the troubles that 2020 offered like the cancellation of a lot of occasions and fundraisers, one particular party that nonetheless went on as scheduled was the Nick Williams Memorial Golfing Match.

The four-person scramble that started in 2014 to gain the West Texas Foods Financial institution tees Thursday at Odessa State Club with a shotgun start of 8 a.m. for the morning wave and one:30 p.m. for the afternoon wave.

It is a return to how the match was held in the earlier following possessing tee moments spaced due to COVID-19. Craig Stoker, Director of Marketing and Communications for the West Texas Foods Financial institution, stated that the camaraderie is what he’s looking ahead to the most from this year’s match.

“Last yr, we weren’t ready to have any gathering, that included recognition of our volunteer of the yr,” Stoker stated. “We’re just thrilled to have everybody again alongside one another. That’s absolutely what we all missed.”

The match is one particular of the largest fundraisers for the West Texas Foods Financial institution and offers a way for individuals to occur alongside one another to honor Williams.

Williams was a extensive-time board member with the Foods Financial institution among a number of other philanthropic ventures who died in March 2014.

The early July date is around the time of Williams’ birthday and his family members is among these to give again and aid out alongside with the Jones, Whytlaw and Bishop people who are web hosting the party.

Stoker included that the match also serves as a family members reunion of types for the Williams family members.

“I realized Nick and grew up with his youngsters,” Stoker stated. “It’s pleasant to see their family members getting a possibility to occur alongside one another and honor his memory. It is surely enjoyable for me.

“The Foods Financial institution benefits from all this and it’s pleasant to have everybody again and making the most of everyone’s business.”

Libby Campbell, the govt director of the West Texas Foods Financial institution, included in a news launch: “The Nick Williams Golfing Match honors the life of one particular of the most amazing men to have at any time graced the Foods Financial institution. He gave tirelessly of his time as a member of the West Texas Foods Financial institution board, and assisted manual me and the Foods Financial institution to where by we are these days.”

The tournament’s registration did fill up inspite of the earlier year’s troubles and Stoker stated he was expecting more of the identical in 2021.

“We’ve had a excellent turnout and it’s a total whole lot of enjoyable,” Stoker stated. “It’s a different match and it’s also an chance for other folks who may perhaps not have the possibility to play at the state club to play there as very well.”

Odessa State Club head golf qualified Jake McCullough included that this is an party he appears ahead to just about every yr.

“It’s just a wonderful trigger to aid out the Foods Financial institution,” McCullough stated. “It’s pleasant to give again and aid better the local community that we are living in and to be a component of Nick’s honor as very well.”

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