This year Basin Electric showed its support for line workers who have been injured on the job by sponsoring a hole at the tournament.
The tournament started in 2006 as a way to support line workers’ families with out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, parking and meals after suffering from burn related injuries incurred on the job.
Carolyn Sampson, communications manager for MREA, says, “Our primary mission is still to assist line workers and other electric industry employees who have been burned. However, the money is donated directly to the Burn Centers to use as they see fit.” Sampson says the assistance is not limited to line workers but is used to benefit community members and burn victims as a whole.
“The tournament holds a Closest-to-the-pin Contest where Electro Tech Inc. matches all the money raised. Golfers bet $5 they can get closest to the hole and then they (Electro Tech) match that. This year that hole raised $550 plus a $550 match from Electro Tech,” Sampson says.
More than 30 vendors and 23 cooperatives sent teams or helped sponsor the tournament this year. Sampson says support for the event will hopefully increase over time with participation spreading to all 50 of their member co-ops.
Other cooperative sponsors of the tournament were Crow Wing Power, Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative, Minnesota Valley Cooperative Light & Power Association, Redwood Electric Cooperative and Sioux Valley Energy.