Charity Golf Outing A Success

​​We had great weather for our 16th Annual Charity Golf Outing at Lake of the Woods Golf Course.  The deer came out to watch the players and even some woodchucks made an appearance.  Twenty 4-person teams teed off a few minutes before their scheduled time which let everyone finish early.  We served Ham and Turkey sandwiches from Subway to each golfer and the beverage cart was never far away.


We had a new game on one of the holes this year: Hit the Hood.  For a small donation, each golfer could try to hit a decorated car hood and win $50.  Sadly, (for the players), the only person who hit the hood didn't choose to play and hit it simply by accident.  Based on the donations, this was a popular game and may come back next year.

Lunch was sponsored by the Wood family.  Their daughter, Kinley, received an Amtryke from us and it made her so happy her family wanted to support our fundraising efforts so that another child could also get the fun and independence Kinley experiences every day.  We thank them so much!

There were many good rounds shot so almost everyone thought they had a chance to win.  Here are the stars of the day:

1st Place Men: Meridith team

1st Place Women: Till #1 team

1st Place Handicap: Laura Gibbs team

Longest Drive: Josh Anderson

Longest Putt: William Hall

Closest to Pin Men: Brad Fandel

Closest to Pin Women: Ellen McGill

Longest Drive Women: Kathy Peters

Longest Putt Women: Susi Jackson

50/50 Drawing Winner: Ken Schweighart

We thank all the players for coming out, all of our sponsors who helped our bottom line by sponsoring a hole, and all of the AMBUCS volunteers and their friends who made the day possible.  And a big thanks to Lake of the Woods Golf Course who agreed to take on our event and for proviing much assistance during the day.  Hope to see everyone next year!


AMBUCS is a national charitable service organization consisting of a diverse group of men and woman dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.  The Greater Champaign County Chapter has been making a difference in the Champaign County since 1981.  Our main accomplishments are the 350 ramps we have built for low income families in Champaign County since 1981 and the 180 AmTrykes we have given away in the last 10 years.  At right is the crew at one of our ramp builds.


Please take a look at the many wonderful things we do, and consider becoming a member.  We can always use the help, and we love meeting new people in the community.  In fact, if you like, just drop by one of our lunch meetings to see what we are all about.  We'll even spring for lunch!

Ready to join us?  Just print and fill out this Membership Application and we'll be happy to have you!


The Greater Champaign County Chapter of AMBUCS is a diverse group of people who come together with a common goal of helping the disabled members of our community. Our membership includes men and women from industry, from acadamia, retired persons, and people who own their own businesses.


From building wheelchair ramps for low-income residents to providing special trykes to children, to maintaining AMBUCS Park in East Urbana, our projects are as diverse as our membership. We support and participate in the Tom Jones Challenger League which is dedicated to seeing that all children no matter what their abilities know the fun of playing baseball.


The chapter is a busy one that has a project or fund raising effort going on several times a year. We have a Barstool Golf event in the winter months, a huge benefit dinner in February or March and a big golf outing in June. We also host the Scarecrow Festival in AMBUCS Park in the fall and decorate the Park every year for the holidays.  Don't have a lot of time to devote to the organization? No problem. Each member can participate as much or as little as they want.

The chapter also has socials where the members can get to know one another and build life-long friendships. The national organization hosts a yearly convention where about 80 AmTrykes are given to children and adults at a "rodeo" and there are regional conferences where chapters can learn from one another. Fun and fellowship are part of all we do!


The chapter meets once per week on Tuesday during the lunch hour, with the chapter Board meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. Join us for lunch and see what we are all about. Contact one of our officers and we'll set everything up.

The 2019 Scarecrow Festival was a big success! Sadly, due to COVID we have been forced to cancel for 2020.  We hope to bring the festival back in 2021.  In the mean time, please enjoy AMBUCS Park in east Urbana.

We build wheelchair ramps for low-income families in Champaign County.  Our 2020 ramp building season has begun.  Please call Keith Jamieson at 217-552-3331 to get pre-qualified for a possible ramp build.


Our club gives away therapeutic tricycles, called AmTrykes, to children and adults with disabilities. The process starts with a recommendation from a therapist and an email to member Scott Price.  In no time, a trike will be assembled and delivered for the person to enjoy!


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