VIENNA — When the Kids Count Golf Classic arrives on the calendar each year, United Bank frees up individuals like Lynn Reins to spend time extending countless thank yous to individuals representing companies which help fund her organization.
“I always reach out to Chad Mildren (at United Bank), who puts this all on and does all the work — is there not more I could be doing?” Reins said “I’ve been with the Boys and Girls Club for about a year and a half, but I’ve been with Boys and Girls Clubs for about 12 years. I’ve never had an event that all the work was done for the club. It was always carried by the weight of the staff at our club and volunteers.
“So to have a partner like United Bank, who says they believe in our mission and we are going to do the legwork, who says just show up and have a good time and show them what we have done is mind-blowing. And even though this is my second event, I still can’t believe it. Honestly, without them, there wouldn’t be a Boys and Girls Club in Parkersburg without this event.”
Monday afternoon at Parkersburg Country Club, a check in the amount of $252,000 was presented to Reins as funding for the Boys and Girls Club in Parkersburg. The money was generated as a combination of contributions from Titanium, Platinum, Gold and Silver level sponsors.
Since the event began in 1997, more than $3.5 million has been raised to assist the non-profit organization. Proceeds from the Kids Count Golf Classic account for more than one-third of the Club’s operating expenses.
“The grants we write for the club is freed up because we have the unrestricted dollars from the Kids County Golf Classic and that allows us to do all the other stuff with it,” Reins said. “We have a phenomenal relationship with United Bank that goes well beyond the golf classic. Wes Tracewell is our board treasurer and works at the bank. Wes is always in the club.
“Also, the staff at United Bank come in and run financial literacy programs for our kids. They come in and volunteer. So it’s not just this event. United Bank truly invests in the club. All year round we see them.”
Reins and her family moved from Kentucky in January 2021, and when she took over as CEO at the Boys and Girls Club, Reins and her board zeroed in on safety as their No. 1 priority. In addition to new outdoor lightning being installed, a total of 50 5K cameras are situated at the facility both internally and externally.
Transportation is another avenue which has received an upgrade. Schools which serviced the Boys and Girls Club went from two to seven. Reins is coordinating with several more schools in Wood County to transport children from schools to the club.
“Access to the club was our main concern — anyone who wants to be at the club should have a way to be there,” Reins said.
At some point this summer, the club will have VR headsets and the software to allow children to learn in a virtual reality environment. The club is also active with the parents. As a way to acclimate parents, family engagement nights are scheduled quarterly each year.
“Families get to come in and participate with their kids, and take something really valuable home with them,” Reins said. “We just want to make sure people in this town and community see the club’s worth and see we are an asset.”
Richard Adams, executive chairman of United Bank Shares, was on the ground floor of that vision back in 1997 when the first Kids Count Golf Classic debuted.
“For me, it’s important to do a lot for children,” Adams said. “We give them a chance to get on the bus, as we say.
“Lynn has done a great job and we appreciate what she is doing because you need to have good leadership.”
The field for the Kids Count Golf Classic featured 100 golfers with foursomes divided into three flights. The team of Alan Wharton, Larry Wills, Greg Essig and Bob Townsend won ‘A’ flight with a score of 56. A card playoff gave the ‘B’ flight title to the team of Dill Battle, Chris Barno, Matt Bond and Zach Statler, which shot a 63. In ‘C’ flight, Adam Reynolds, Jim Thompson, Andrew Dawson and Zac Robinson won with a score of 60.
Closest to the hole winners included Alex Papson (No. 2), Kyle Bowles (No. 9), Chad Mildren (No. 11) and P.D. Harris (Nos. 15 and 17). Long drive winners included Brett Fluharty for the men and Debbie Rogers for the women.
“What we did today goes in line with our mission in terms of helping the community,” said Mildren, who is the Chief Consumer Banking Officer at United Bank. “The Boys and Girls Club is a part of our community and very helpful for our youth. So we have a pretty big crew at United Bank that helps secure corporate sponsorships and helps run the tournament.
“Big team effort to help pull all this together, but we are very grateful to be able to do that for such a great organization.”
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