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23rd Annual Ice Tee Open: A “Top Golf” Style Adventure

Updated: Mar 4

March 2, 2024

This past weekend, we made our way to Crosslake, MN to participate in the Annual Ice Tee Open at Moonlite Bay. A fundraising event for Camp Knutson. Having had a blast at the event last year, we eagerly marked our calendars for this year's gathering. The event typically features mini-golf holes set up on the bay's ice. However, due to the unpredictable winter weather this year, the organizers creatively adapted by adopting a "Top Golf" style setup. Platforms for shooting were installed at the dock's base, with kiddie pools serving as targets for the golf balls. Participants purchased golf balls for a chance to make their shots, with successful attempts earning entry into a drawing for various gift baskets prepared for the occasion. Despite our best efforts, it seemed our group could have used a bit more practice. Nonetheless, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Additionally, a mini-putt hole was set up on the deck, offering players a shot at a 50/50 raffle chance if they made the putt. While we didn't win the raffle, the excitement of potentially winning was a thrill in itself. More importantly, the event supported Camp Knutson, making our participation in such a noble cause all the more satisfying.

The event also featured a silent auction with items donated by various businesses, including golf packages, Minnesota Wild tickets, BBQ grill, signed Vikings jersey, whiskey sets, and more. Moreover, multiple 50/50 raffles were held throughout the day, providing further opportunities to win while supporting a great cause. Despite the weather not cooperating as hoped, the event was a resounding success. Camp Knutson recently announced that this year's event raised a record $56,000, showcasing the community's strong support.

About Camp Knutson: Camp Knutson, a service of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, is a sanctuary for individuals with disabilities, medical conditions, and other identified needs. It provides a safe, medically sound environment for youth and adults facing challenges such as autism, heart disease, skin conditions, Down syndrome, burn survivors, HIV/AIDS, and youth experiencing homelessness. Located on a scenic 30-acre campus between Lower Whitefish and Big Trout lakes, it’s an ideal venue for retreats, conferences, and events from September through May. Learn more about their mission and impact at Camp Knutson’s website.

Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar

Camp Knutson (Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota)

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