If you’re dreaming of Hawaii this summer, why not combine the feeling of the islands with a charitable endeavor?

The 7th Annual Maui Jim/Children’s Home Charity Golf Classic takes place July 17 at the Peoria Country Club, featuring instructional clinics by Senior PGA Tour Pros Dave Stockton, Don Pooley, Morris Hatalsky, and Dan Boever, who holds the record for the longest competitive drive to date. Other events include lunch and an after-golf Hawaiian luau, complete with entertainment.

Twenty-seven foursomes, contributing $6,000 each, are scheduled to tee off in the afternoon. Trophies and prizes for hole-in-one, longest drive, longest putt, closest to the pin, low gross, and low net also will be given.

Last year, Maui Jim raised $260,000 for the kids at Children’s Home and had a lot of fun in the process. And since its inception in 2000, this event has raised a total of $990,000 for Children’s Home. Maui Jim chose this particular charity because of the desire to help children right here in the Peoria area. According to Maui Jim President and COO Mike Dalton, “Certainly our events raise money, but for us, it’s more about showing the kids and the Children’s Home staff that the community cares. The human spirit can accomplish almost anything if it knows that someone cares.”

And while previous years’ events have generated a lot of excitement, this year promises to be even better, with a live auction during the luau that includes some incredible trips. Senior PGA Professional Dave Stockton will be the featured auctioneer. Maui Jim hopes to exceed last year’s total with the help of all of the sponsors, golfers, and volunteers. For more information, call 691-3700. a&s