The Tri-Village Noon Lions Club will step up this year to present the annual golf outing previously held by Pilot Dogs Inc.

The Tri-Village Noon Lions Club will step up this year to present the annual golf outing previously held by Pilot Dogs Inc.

The Pilot Dogs Golf Outing will be held Aug. 6 at Hickory Hills Golf Club, 3344 Georgesville-Wrightsville Road in Grove City. The event will begin at 11 a.m. with a grilled lunch; a shotgun start follows at 12:30 p.m.

"The Noon Lions Club has held about nine or 10 golf events of our own and we've always supported the Pilot Dogs and the Ohio State School for the Blind," said Scott Stevenson, chairman of this year's golf outing.

Pilot Dogs didn't hold its golf event last year, as it has become more difficult for the organization to take on all that coordinating such an event entails, he said.

"Last year, we held our own event and presented a check to Pilot Dogs," Stevenson said, "and we said, since we're giving you a donation, why don't we just put on the tournament for you?"

All proceeds will go to Columbus-based Pilot Dogs, he said.

Vision-oriented causes have always been a focus of Lions Clubs' charitable activities, dating back to when Helen Keller, in a speech at the 1925 Lions International Convention at Cedar Point, asked the organization to become the "knights for the blind," Stevenson said.

It costs approximately $9,000 to pay the cost of training a dog to be a guide for the blind, including flying a blind student to Columbus to undergo a month-long training session of his or her own, he said.

"We're hoping to raise enough this year to at least pay for one pilot dog," Stevenson said. "With donations and hole sponsorships we've already received, we're well on our way.

"What we really need now is more golfers to participate," he said.

The cost for golfers is $125 per person, $500 for a foursome, Stevenson said.

Individuals who sign up will be placed in foursomes with other golfers, he said.

Some sponsorship slots remain available, Stevenson said. Sponsoring a hole costs $175. The cost for closest to the hole, longest drive or longest putt sponsorships is $300.

"We also will welcome donations of any size," he said.

To register for the golf outing or sign up as a sponsor, call Stevenson at 614-451-6313 or email him at scott@ nwtitle.com.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 1.