By Joseph Knoop
The Carmel Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is holding a charity golf outing at Prairie View Golf Club June 22 to benefit the reconstruction of a Christian church destroyed during the events of September 11, 2001.
“Golf for Ground Zero” organizers aim to raise $8,000 – $11,000 in charitable donations for the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, buried by the collapse of the south tower during the 2001 attacks.
“It’s part of the healing process,” Duane Hostetler, a member of the HTGOC golf charity committee said.
Saint Nicholas, founded in 1916 by Greek immigrants, was the only Christian church destroyed during the 2001 attacks. The movement to restore the church has seen a number of delays over the past decade due to disagreements between Greek Orthodox church leaders and Port Authority, which owns the World Trade Center site.
The estimated cost to rebuild the Saint Nicholas Church is at least $30 million, according to Hostetler.
Participants can purchase spots in the Florida Scramble format outing for $125 per golfer. Potential sponsors can also purchase signage on individual holes and carts for $250, as well as a $1,200 package that includes its own four-player slot in the event and recognition during the awards ceremony. Sponsorships are also available at the $25, $300 and $500 prices. Various shot contests and a silent auction will also take place.
All proceeds will go to the rebuilding of the church. The new domed building is scheduled to open in 2016.
For more information, contact Duane Hostetler at 557-4994 or at [email protected].