Ice Bowl benefits Hudson food shelfThe event brought in $1,400 and 155 pounds of food for the Hudson Christian Community Food Cupboard, housed at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Some 57 people played the temporary course in bitter cold.
Members of the newly formed St. Croix Disc Club hosted the first Hudson Disc Golf Ice Bowl on Feb. 11 at Prospect Park. Some 57 people played the temporary course in bitter cold.
It was so cold the event may set the record for coldest Ice Bowl of 2012. The air temperature was 5 above when the event began with a wind-chill of 15 below. But that didn’t stop players from having a great time, and more importantly, raising money to fight hunger, according to disc club president Kevin Nelson.
The event brought in $1,400 and 155 pounds of food for the Hudson Christian Community Food Cupboard, housed at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
St. Croix Disc Club board members turned over the money to food shelf at their monthly board meeting on Feb. 13.
Food shelf president Gary Briske said, “We’re delighted the St. Croix Disc Club ran this successful event. There is a tremendous need in Hudson, and this money will go a long way towards easing hunger in Hudson.”
Nelson said St. Croix Disc Club’s goal was to collect $500 and 50 pounds of food for the food shelf, but Hudson and surrounding community residents, disc golfers and local businesses helped them greatly surpass that goal.
Boy Scouts from Troop 148 assisted in moving the bags and boxes into the food storage area.
Event organizer and club vice president Justin Gilmer was elated by the generosity of both the players and the community support.
“What a huge success,” Gilmer said. “It just goes to show what a great, caring community we live in. I can’t wait to see what we can do next year, hopefully at a permanent course.”
Some 18 participants won prizes donated by sponsors, most of them Hudson businesses.
The Hudson Ice Bowl was one of hundreds held around the North America and the world in January and February. The Ice Bowls are sponsored by disc golf enthusiasts to promote the sport and raise money for local charities.
The St. Croix Disc Club formed in December to promote development of a disc course in the Hudson area. They proposed using the vacant and wooded portions of Prospect Park for a course, but the City Council rejected the plan.
The council granted permission for the temporary course set up by club members for the Ice Bowl tournament. The club is still looking for a location for a permanent disc golf course in Hudson.
For more information, St. Croix Disc Club, email president Kevin Nelson at email@example.com. The club also has a Facebook page.