The City of Longview Partners in Prevention’s Mentoring Advisory Council and the Friends of Partners in Prevention are hosting the fifth annual “Drive to Inspire” Golf Challenge, benefitting the Partners in Prevention’s mentoring program. The golf challenge is scheduled for Friday, June 26, at the Wood Hollow Golf Course located at 5121 McCann Road in Longview. The deadline for the four-person team scramble is June 23 and the cost is $75 per individual or $300 per team. Sponsorships are also available at different levels, and non-golfers can also contribute to the fundraiser by participating in the “200 for 200” campaign, which encourages supporters to fill an envelope with any dollar amount from $1 to $200.
The Partners in Prevention (PIP) mentoring program provides positive role models for more than 170 young people in the Longview area by pairing them with one-on-one relationships with caring adult mentors. Karen Glowczwski serves as the co-chair for the “Drive to Inspire” Golf Challenge. Since 1996, she has served with PIP as a mentor, group facilitator, and Mentor Advisory Council board member. She believes that mentors and volunteers do not need to be perfect, just willing to help.
“My philosophy on volunteerism is simple,” Mrs. Glowczwski said. “I may not have the expertise needed to accomplish every task, but I do have the heart to help others when and where I can.”
She said the organization is in need of additional mentors to provide inspiration and motivation for local youth. The organization also offers mentorship training for interested individuals.
In addition to her work with PIP, Mrs. Glowczwski is also a member of First United Methodist Church in Hallsville and a founding member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Pines board of directors in Hallsville. She and her husband, Alan, are the owners of America’s Country Store: Jake’s Feed on McCann Road in Longview.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mrs. Glowczwski is a graduate of Dickinson High School in Dickinson, Texas, and a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in community health education. The Glowczwskis have lived in the East Texas area for 20 years and are the parents of two adult children.
“East Texas not only has the beauty of rolling hills and woods, but has the beauty from the people who live here,” Mrs. Glowczwski said. “East Texas is a strong Christian community that pulls individuals together to meet the needs of others. I enjoy being able to help in whatever small way I can.”
For more information about the “Drive to Inspire” Golf Challenge, or to learn more about PIP, please visit www.friendsofpip.com or call 903-237-1019.