The first few years of the SEOP were funded with proceeds from the TLA/GRNA annual golf outing. Funds available for the grants varied with the proceeds from the golf outing. Eventually
the outing ran its course, so to speak. SEOP needed new financing sources. The Dockside – Torch Lake Restaurant offered SEOP a matching grant of $3000 for three years. Each year, our members and friends met or exceeded our matching $3000 goal. At the end of the match program, Gordy Schafer, owner of the Dockside – Torch Lake, donated $2500 to SEOP which our members again matched and raised.
During this time, SEOP’s annual budget was $6000 per year. In 2017, the TLA Board of Directors, voted to make the SEOP a line item in the TLA annual budget at $6000. Donations to SEOP are added to the base amount and enable TLA to award additional grants to area schools.
You can donate online, safely and securely, through PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account) by pressing this ‘SEOP Donation’ button now: