New Albany News

Golf and garden party fundraiser slated Sept. 12

The fourth annual Janet Alexander Memorial Golf Tournament and Garden Party is scheduled Friday, Sept. 12, at the Winding Hollow Golf and Event Center, 6140 Babbitt Road in New Albany.

The golf tournament is organized by Gahanna dentists Michael Fleitz and Jeffrey Tilson to benefit the nonprofit organization Helping Hands in the Garden, which promotes gardening as a comfort to those suffering health issues.

In the past four years, the tournament has raised $45,000 and helped 72 families purchase plants, mulch and containers and attend gardening seminars.

The tournament is named in honor of Janet Alexander, who worked for Fleitz and Tilson, and who favored Helping Hands in the Garden.

A silent auction and raffle during the tournament will help raise money for the nonprofit. The event also will feature a topiary gardening workshop and tea party for non-golfers.

To register for the golf or garden party or make a donation, contact Jeanne Eckel at 614-939-4800 or email

-- Lori Wince