First annual ‘West Asheville Open’ mini-golf fundraiser Sept. 21

Here’s the press release from organizers:

(August 29, 2013—Asheville, NC) The first annual West Asheville Open fundraiser is a family-friendly miniature golf tournament to benefit the construction of the Guastavino Dome for the Outdoor Experiential Learning Project at Hall Fletcher Elementary and to benefit North Carolina Masonic Charities. Hosted by Nichols-West Asheville Masonic Lodge in collaboration with the Asheville Design Center, and sponsored by West Asheville businesses, WAVL Open takes place Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Tropical Gardens on Patton Avenue and 100% of profits are shared between recipients.

“Supporting a project in our own neighborhood got us excited, particularly when we learned we could help support the construction of the Guastavino Dome at Hall Fletcher, which is directly in line with the sacred geometry principals of masonry,” says Smith McAulay, master of NWA Masonic Lodge.

The WAVL Open purpose is three-fold: to strengthen relationships among neighbors, to support worthwhile non-profit projects, and to highlight the role West Asheville businesses and organizations play in our community. The WAVL Open offers three round choices: 11:00 a.m. (young family round), 1:00 p.m. (adult round) and 3:00 p.m. (competitive round). Your team can include between 1 and 5 members and costs $10/person. If your team is a 1-2 person team, you may be paired with another 1 to 2 person team. Registration is first-come, first-served. Signing up in advance is strongly recommended. Teams can do so at this website:

Doc Brown’s BBQ

Doc Brown’s BBQ truck will be on hand for any hungry golfers and on-lookers. In addition to hole sponsors for this event, a number of West Asheville businesses have provided gift certificates and prizes for “feats of greatness” that will be recognized during the WVL Open. A few $100 hole sponsorships are still available. To inquire about becoming a sponsor for this event, please email us at or call 828-337-1957.

Nichols-West Asheville Masonic Lodge

Located behind Luke Atkinson Furniture on Brevard Road since 1951, NWA has more than 100 members working quietly to support the local community, as well as work with the state-wide masonic network to support other communities. Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that arose from obscure origins in the late 16th to early 17th centuries probably in the stonemason guilds of Scotland. Relying on symbols and systems, freemasonry works to encourage all that is good, kind and charitable, practicing doctrines of love, ethics and morality.

Hall Fletcher Elementary Outdoor Learning Center

Hall Fletcher Elementary, located on Waverly Avenue in West Asheville, hosts a dynamic new principal, incredible staff, and truly remarkable children, and seeks to invigorate their outdoor facilities. The Asheville Design Center, the Yale Club of WNC, and their partners are working to transform the school from the outside in by developing an incredible and multi-facetted outdoor learning center that reflects the school’s math, science and technology theme. Artists, neighborhood organizations, families and local businesses are all stepping up to be part of making this happen.

NC Masonic Charities: Masonic Home for Children at Oxford & Whitestone in Greensboro, NC

A central theme in the Masonic worldview is that of taking care of and providing relief for those in need. In particular, great value is placed upon providing for and educating the future generation, as well as honoring and caring for the generations that precede us. As a statewide organization, the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina support s the operation of the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, Whitestone in Greensboro (a retirement community celebrating its centennial year this year) and the North Carolina Masonic Foundation provides scholarships for higher education.

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