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The First Tee of Howard County

The First Tee is a World Golf Foundation initiative dedicated to youth development. Using the game of golf with its inherent traditions and values as the platform, The First Tee teaches Nine Core Values, Nine Healthy Habits, and valuable life skills to youth from ages 5-17, developing priceless lessons that participants will carry with them throughout life.

Through the creation of new opportunities allowing youth broader access to golf, The First Tee supports Life Skills Education, conducted at green grass golf facilities such as Fairway Hills in Columbia; the National School Program, conducted by Howard County Physical Education Teachers for K-5th grade students in Howard County Elementary Schools (currently 35 of the 42 current schools); and the DRIVE ("Developing Rewarding, Inspiring Values for Everyone") program, conducted at 10 elementary schools by Howard County Recreation and Parks as a before and after care program for elementary age children. The Columbia Association, which owns and manages Fairway Hills Golf Club, is a major sponsor of this program, which touches more than 20,000 Howard County youth annually.

This comprehensive program is designed to meet children "where they are," and to broaden access to the sport of golf, through its values and traditions.

But because registration fees cover only about 20 percent of costs, each year we must raise more than $200,000 to fulfill our promise to provide mentorship, character development and golf instruction to the youth of Howard County.

To raise money, we are conducting a GolfMania fundraiser. For $20 you get music downloads at www.charitystudio.com and an exciting, complimentary GolfMania sweepstakes game card! Follow the links below to make your contribution and enter the sweepstakes. You have the chance to win $1,000s in prize money! Read below for more information about the GolfMania sweepstakes, and the CharityStudio music downloads.

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The Fundraiser deadline for donations has passed. Thank you!

How are we doing?

Our Goal: $5,600

What we have raised so far: $1,806

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What You Get With Your Contribution

Music Downloads

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Complimentary Game Card

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With your contribution you receive digital music downloads from the CharityStudio. Download music from up-and-coming artists from around the country who have teamed up to help charities and non-profit organizations raise money for good causes! We have music for all genres to appeal to everyone's taste. You get 1 access code with every $20 contribution (up to 10 per person per transaction).

You also get a complimentary GolfMania sweepstakes game card with each access code. GolfMania is an exciting and engaging sweepstakes where participants can win prize money based on professional golf.

The GolfMania Sweepstakes

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GolfMania is an exciting and engaging sweepstakes that gives participants the chance to win prize money during each of professional golf's 4 major championship events. Your sweepstakes game card contains 5 of the top golfers for each of the majors - a different set for each tournament. No two game cards have the same set of 5 golfers in any given tournament. Click here for more details.

Winning game cards are determined based on the total combined score of the 5 golfers in each tournament. The 31 best and 3 worst scoring game cards each tournament win prize money! Find more detailed information in the official rules.


  • 1 136 chances to win!
    You have 34 chances to win prize money in each of golf's 4 major tournaments.
  • 2 Add up your players' scores…
    Winners are based on the total combined score of your 5 golfers in each major tournament.
  • 3 Win up to $400 each tournament!
    You win if your players have the best or worst total combined score.

The CharityStudio

Music downloads for charity

Up-and-coming artists from around the country

With your contribution you receive digital music downloads from the CharityStudio. Download music from up-and-coming artists from around the country who have teamed up to help charities and non-profit organizations raise money for good causes! We have music of all genres to appeal to everyone’s taste. Listen to the music on any mp3 player (like your iPod)! Check out the entire catalog of music.

Here are some of the currently featured artists: Scarlet Parke (Pop/Blues), The Liquorsmiths (Indie Rock), Michelle Alany (Alt-Folk), Robbie Hancock (Indie folk), Nassim (Pop/R&B), The Farewell Broadcast (Acoustic), Bryan Mathys (Acoustic Rock), Michael Hahn (Contemporary Country).

Already have a ticket? Download your music now.