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15th Annual Ice Tee Classic to raise money for Neighbors' Place


by Natalie Sparacio

WAKE UP WISCONSIN (PRESS RELEASE)--  15th Annual Ice Tee Classic on Wausau's City Square Saturday, Feb. 20.

Proceeds Benefit The Neighbors' Place. It's Miniature Golf in the Snow!

 Winter miniature golf will tee off once again on Wausau's downtown City Square, when the 15th annual Ice Tee Classic takes place Saturday, Feb. 20.

The event features novelty holes carved out of the snow and ice, sponsored by area businesses and organizations,."Golfers" of all ages are invited to tee it up between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.,  using whatever they can find or bring for "clubs" – brooms, hockey sticks, old clubs, anything that will move bright yellow tennis balls down the course. The tennis balls will be provided.

Proceeds go to help The Neighbors' Place, Wausau-based charity that runs the area food pantry, clothing and household item donations program, community garden,  ESL classes and children's programs.

 A downtown event to fight the winter blahs.

"This is the third year we've had the event on City Square," said Neighbors' Place executive director, Tom Rau. "It's a great venue because it's right in the middle of town. Families can come downtown and participate, grab a bite to eat, stop in at shops and stores.  It's a fun thing to do in the middle of winter and get rid of the winter blahs."

Rau explained that in earlier years, Ice Tee Classic was held on the ice of Lake Wausau, but said the new venue makes it more convenient for people to attend and gives the event more visibility. He thinks it may be unique among winter activities in Wisconsin.

The event traditionally draws people and groups who dress up in unusual costumes and garb not only to keep warm but to have fun, as well. The hole sponsors do their part, as well, creating festive themes to add to the color and interest of the event.

Golfers can play a round for $2 per person, with a $5 maximum charge per family. No pre-registration is required.

Online Reporter: Natalie Sparacio

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