US Venture Tees Off to Fight Poverty - WBAY

US Venture Tees Off to Fight Poverty

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The US Venture open tees off next week. Almost a thousand golfers will participate with even more people attending the evening banquet, baseball great Hank Aaron is the special guest. But the golf outing isn't just about hitting 'em long and straight, there are life changing community benefits as well.

In the nearly 30 years since its inception, the US Venture Open has raised millions of dollars to fight poverty in northeast Wisconsin.

"We really know it's important to put food on a child's table or shoes on a child's feet, but we're really looking at getting upstream and benefiting the families so the family can become more self sufficient," says Cathy Mutschler, Director of the US Venture Open.

While the more than 900 golfers who take to the links and the 1100 people who attend the evening banquet will have fun, their participation in the US Venture Open has a much bigger purpose to the community.

The PATH program, created through the United Way Fox Cities is just one of the golf outings beneficiaries.

"The PATH program is a school based mental health program that's designed to provide therapy in the schools and it eliminates barriers to care," says Mary Wisnet from the United Way Fox Cities.

With more than $300,000 in funding, the PATH program has helped more than 800 kids in 23 schools across the Fox Valley. And its impact is making a difference.

Adds Wisnet, "We've had very good results. Our kids are probably running about 70% that are showing improvement in their mental health and about 60% are showing improvement in grades and school behaviors."

It's success that wouldn't have been possible for the PATH program or any of the other causes that receive funding through the US Venture Open.

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