Sheriff Kirk A. Wakefield Golf Outing raises money for youth programs
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Eighteen four-person teams participated in the Sheriff Kirk A. Wakefield Golf Outing – an annual scramble event that helps the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department raise thousands of dollars for its youth programs – at the Grayling Country Club on Thursday.
Until this year, the event was known as the D.A.R.E. Golf Outing. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department renamed the golf scramble fundraiser this year in honor of Wakefield, who passed away earlier this year. Wakefield served as Crawford County’s sheriff for 17 years and was a fixture at the annual golf outing, talking with the players and serving hot dogs.
“Kirk Wakefield was our sheriff for 17 years. You can’t really think about the golf outing without thinking of Kirk,” said current Crawford County sheriff Shawn Kraycs.
Sheriff Kraycs said Wakefield helped make the D.A.R.E. Golf Outing one that people wanted “to go to every year.”
“It’s important to show support for the community because the community shows support for us, and for the kids,” Sheriff Kraycs said.
The money raised through the Sheriff Kirk A. Wakefield Golf Outing mostly goes to D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), but it also helps with other Sheriff’s Department youth programs such as Junior Deputy and the bicycle rodeo, Sheriff’s Department officials said.
“This is our biggest D.A.R.E. fundraiser for the year,” said John Klepadlo, the department’s D.A.R.E. officer. “It costs a lot of money to run the program.”