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Mini golf tournament raises money for Hall County Humane Society
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The annual Putting for Pets Mini Golf Tournament will serve up fun and funding for the Humane Society this Saturday at the Oaks Miniature Golf course in Oakwood.

"It’s a real family oriented event," said Gwen Trimmer, community resource director of the Hall County Humane Society.

In addition to the mini golf tournament, other activities will keep participants entertained off the golf course, including bingo, face painting, a silent auction and vendor booths. Awards will be given for the top tournament players in 10 age categories.

Event coordinator Betty Burden said a shuttle service will be provided to take participants from the parking lot to the golf course.

Local musician Ryan Gregory will provide "little lively tunes to keep ‘em going out on the course," Burden added.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Hall County Humane Society’s educational programs.

In particular, Trimmer said the educational programs will target the issue of pet overpopulation in Hall County.

"We work really hard to educate people, because that’s where the problem lies," Trimmer said.

According to Trimmer, the Hall County Humane Society took in more than 13,000 unwanted animals in 2007.

"When people bring in litters of puppies and kittens to us they think they’re giving us a gift," Trimmer said. "We can’t possibly adopt out 600 kittens in the month of June."

The tournament provides a way for families to have a good time while giving to the cause. And there’s no age limit: "We have everyone from toddlers to 70-year-olds come out," Trimmer said.