This year’s Annual Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (CORAS) Golf Outing was the largest tournament in recent years as 100 golfers and over 30 sponsors came together to raise over $6,000 to benefit the Appalachian Children Coalition.

About the Appalachian Children Coalition
The Appalachian Children Coalition is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of the region’s children through collective advocacy and strategic investments. The Coalition’s membership includes behavioral health, K-12 education, and partner organizations that serve 32 counties in Ohio. According to the U.S. Census data, this includes about 207,000 children, and over 135,000 children enrolled in 187 school districts. Learn more:

The outing, coordinated by Veregy in collaboration with CORAS, took place on June 5 at Eaglesticks Golf Club in Zanesville, Ohio. It included breakfast, 18 holes of golf for the 25 foursomes, lunch, an awards presentation, a CORAS meeting, and dinner. Prizes were awarded to teams earning first, second, third, and last place as well as 6 on-course skill competitions.

“I cannot tell you how much we appreciated the opportunity to participate and to be chosen as benefactors of the event. We’ve committed to make sure every dollar of the gift you provided yesterday will go to support programs for kids and families. Having CORAS and Veregy as supporting partners is so important to us and we look forward to long relationships going forward.”

– Randy Leite, Ph.D., Executive Director, Appalachian Children Coalition

“Terrific job organizing every aspect of the outing. Everyone that I spoke with really enjoyed themselves. We can’t thank you and CORAS and Veregy enough for your support to the Appalachian Children Coalition. Our organizations have a common focus, facilitating positive change in kids. What a great partnership!”

– Tom Davis, Ph.D., Governing Board President, Appalachian Children Coalition

Veregy’s Jon Saxton (far left) and Gary Orr (far right) along with leaders from the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools present check to the Appalachian Children Coalition.

The team representing Bloom-Vernon Local Schools, led by Superintendent and incoming CORAS President, Marc Kreischer, took home the first-place award. Bloom-Vernon Local Schools has completed multiple projects with Veregy, including an energy project that achieved 211% of the first year energy savings guarantee, and, most recently, construction of a 22,000 SF air-supported athletic dome.

The Bloom-Vernon Local Schools team with their first-place trophies.
From left to right: Jason Fischer, Jason Wright, Marc Kreischer, Josh Horner

The following sponsors contributed to the success of the event:

Corporate Sponsor & Event Coordination:
• Veregy

Meal/Beverage Sponsors
• Zimmerman School Equipment
• Energy Optimizers

Tournament Sponsors
• Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools
• Veregy
• Medical Mutual
• Envocore
• Progressive Roofing
• Summit Construction
• Bricker Graydon
• Sunday Creek Horizons
• Columbus Building Services Inc.
• Kindland
• Varsity Tutors

Hole Sponsors
• Veregy
• VSWC Architects

Hole Sponsors (Continued)
• Gold Tier Structures
• Tremco
• Summit Construction
• Tomlinson Insurance
• Columbus Temperature Control
• Engineered Systems
• Youngstown State University
• Baird

Cart Sponsors
• MCS & Associates, LTD
• V2Architects (x2)

Skill Prize Sponsors
• Saxton Educational Consulting (x2)
• Building Management Strategies (x2)
• Wade Lucas
• Anonymous Donors

Thank you to all of the golfers, sponsors, and organizations involved in executing this event and raising funds to enhance the lives of children in Appalachian Ohio!

Veregy’s Gary Orr (far left) and Chad Sule (third from left) on the course with team members, Jason Bolin (second from left) and Ryan Alu (far right).

Golfers loading up their carts and taking practice putts before the round.