The Denison Education Foundation will hold its 19th annual Tinka Looney Memorial Golf Classic on Oct. 28 at Denison Golf and Country Club. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. shotgun start and an awards presentation at 2 p.m. The purpose of the DEF is to provide funding for innovative classroom grants and scholarships that provide enhanced programs and projects not covered by the district’s operational budget.


The foundation has put over $746,000.00 back into the schools through classroom grants and awarded over $373,000 in scholarships for over $1 million in combined contributions. The Tinka Looney Memorial Golf Classic is the largest fundraiser for the foundation.


DEF Executive Director Lisa Crawley said the golf tournament was named for a long time DISD volunteer after her passing.


“Tinka Looney a deceased community leader, volunteer and Mother of four boys devoted much of her life to helping improve Denison schools,” Crawley said. “In addition to the golfers, the tournament is supported by local foundations, businesses and individuals who care about Denison children, teachers and schools. The tournament is an affordable and fun event that benefits something we all care about – our children’s education.”


The event raised close to $40,000 last year setting a new record. Crawley said the foundation is hoping to top that number this year. With an average of 100 to 120 golfers each year, Crawley explained the grants and scholarships provided by the DEF are vital tools for Denison students.


“It gives them the tools that they need to learn and succeed today,” Crawley said. “A lot of the grants are on-going meaning they can use them year after year, so they impact a lot of kids.”


The 4-Man Scramble is open to the public and will include lunch as well as cash prizes, a $50,000 hole-in-one prize, raffle items and individual contest prizes. Those that are unavailable to participate in the tournament can contribute by sponsoring a hole or making a donation. For more information visit www.denisonisd.net or call 903.462.7050