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Over $26K raised for United Way

Performance Improvement Coordinator, Courtney Loosbrock plays a game for United Way while her dad, Mark Loosbrock, shift manager looks on. The tournament has become a family event for the Loosbrock’s.1 / 3
Prairie Island employees get a break from work to enjoy a fun day of volunteering. Photos by Theresa Priem2 / 3
Scott Sharp, Nuclear Vice President of Operations awards tournament sponsor, BHI, with a plaque to thank them for their continued support in the tournament as well as with the United Way.3 / 3

Almost 140 golfers showed up to help raise money for United Way earlier this month at the Mississippi National Golf Links. Local businesses, volunteers and Xcel Energy staff at the Prairie Island nuclear plant gathered to play golf and raise more than $26,000 for United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties and the United Way of Hastings.

In the past, volunteers have helped set up a variety of themes, from a U.S. theme to summer olympics. This year, golfers and volunteers raised money with a new music theme.

"Anyone who wants to join can volunteer," said Courtney Harris, engineering analyst for the efin department at Prairie Island. "Volunteers dressed in costumes, asked music trivia and had snacks for the golfers at each hole."

The tournament provides an opportunity for power plant employees, volunteers and local residents to get to know each other and give back to the community.

"These volunteers make the day fun by planning a new theme each year and getting creative," Xcel Energy media relations representative Matthew Lindstrom said.

While this year proved to be a successful fundraiser, Xcel Energy employees have learned from previous fundraisers on what works and what doesn't.

"It goes up and down, a couple thousands dollars each year," Harris mentioned about the funds raised. "This year we came in with over $26,000, and that was a pretty nice amount."

In the past, the tournament has been packed with almost 180 golfers. With this many golfers, Harris said, it proved to help bring in more money but was ultimately more of a challenge.

"We can make up for those funds," Harris said. "We can keep the golf tournament fun and make up for that other amount of money with other events."

The Prairie Island nuclear plant and Xcel Energy staff also host a chili cookout in the fall, encourage outage cater donations and pizza days at the plant to help raise money for United Way.

"Between local businesses and families, we all come together to have fun and make this event happen and be as successful as it has," Harris said.

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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