RICHWOOD - A Nicholas County group known for helping local youth in their efforts to go to college is focusing on the region's pool in their latest fundraiser.
"There's really not a lot of stuff in Nicholas County for our youth, and we hate to see the pool close after it's been open so long, and we have a lot of church groups, school groups and a lot of clubs that use that pool every year," said Lisa Queener, with the Summersville Rotary.
The Summersville Rotary held its 8th Annual Golf Classic at the Cherry Hill Country Club in Richwood. As many as 140 people teed up Saturday for the group's largest fundraising event of the year.
The rotary collects between $20,000 and $25,000 per project, according to event organizers. It's helped secure a rescue boat for Summersville Lake, thousands of dollars in college scholarships and dictionaries for every third grader in the county.
Saturday's guest speaker was former Marshall football coach Bobby Pruett, who won countless games in the 1980's. He and others banded together to keep the Memorial Park Pool open.
"Anything to help our state, help our region, help this area be better," Pruett said. "It's worth the time and more to be here and have a lot of fun. If you're not doing it this year, you should do it next year."
The rotary also focuses on clean water, polio prevention and health education. It's event was rained out last year.