“We are thrilled that our golf tournament was so successful this year and the money raised will help Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois continue to provide a premier Girl Scout Leadership Experience for our 14,000 girl members,” said Villie M. Appoo, GSSI Chief Executive Officer. “Raising $35,000 during this year’s golf tournament would not have been possible without the leadership and support of our corporate sponsors, our players, our golf committee members and our other supporters,” Appoo added. “I would like to specially thank our Gold Corporate Sponsors for all of their hard work and dedication to make our golf tournament so successful — Ralph and Donna Korte and The Korte Company; Larry and Cheri Lucco and Lucco Financial Partners; Scott and Brenda Plocher and Plocher Construction; and Darren Wright and Kevin Doak and TheBANK of Edwardsville.
In addition, Lucco and Appoo paid a special tribute to Ralph and Donna Korte who started the Girl Scout Golf Tournament 23 years ago in 1989. Donna and Ralph have been Girl Scout supporters for more than 40 years and through their vision, they created a legacy for one of the most successful golf tournaments in the Metro East. Thanks to Donna and Ralph and their leadership, the Girl Scout golf tournament has raised over $700,000 which has made a big impact and difference in the lives of thousands of girls across southern Illinois.