LIBERTY, INDIANA — The annual Camden Day Golf Outing was held on Friday, June 22, at Liberty Country Club in Liberty, Indiana. All proceeds from the events benefited the Preble Shawnee Booster Club.
According to Preble Shawnee Board Member and Camden Day Chairman Gary Rader, they will be putting the proceeds toward new bleachers at the football stadium.
Last year was the 50th anniversary of Camden Day, so moving forward the original group has handed the day over to the booster club to use as a fundraiser. Another change to the event is the date. Typically, Camden Day has been held on the third Thursday in July.
“Back in the old days, they used to shut down Camden. Literally, all the businesses would close — it was a big deal. Over the years, it has gradually turned into what it is today, turned over to the booster club. We will still carry on the Camden Day name, but also have the boosters involved,” Rader explained.
There was both a girls’ and guys’ event held. The ladies began at 8 a.m., with the men at 11:30 a.m. There were different events, including: the marshmallow long drive contest, closest to the pin split the pot 50/50 contest, a putting contest, and parimutuel betting.
The event was funded through local business sponsorships, which allowed the money from ticket sales and the raffle to go to the Booster Club to fund the new bleachers at the football stadium. From now on, they will be choosing one project each year to focus on.
“This is the first year we’ve dedicated the money to go to a specific project,” Rader said. “Anyone who has any ties to Camden or Preble Shawnee is welcome at this event. Whether you have family, have worked here, or used to live here, you are invited to come out with us.
“This is why we’ve changed the date. This is Preble Shawnee Alumni Weekend and we thought we would make this a part of it. This is tradition. We have people who have been in almost every Camden Day, we have some older gentlemen who have been involved with this for nearly the past 50 years.
“It is a good time to get together and meet up with people you haven’t seen in months or maybe even years. It is just a fun day. It is not a lot of money and you get to visit with people who you haven’t seen in awhile.
“We would like to thank the past Camden Day committee and all the sponsors who have stepped up to make this happen.”
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