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The Tarpon Springs High School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts will introduce its latest fundraiser, a golf tournament, on Sept. 30.

TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts will hold its inaugural Golf Tournament Fore the Arts at Crescent Oaks Golf Club on Sept. 30.

Registration for the best-ball tournament being staged by the award-winning music program at Tarpon Springs High School is open. The price for a foursome is $500, and an individual player will pay $125. Prices include golf, cart, lunch and dinner. Dinner only is $50. Registration can be done online at tarponspringsband.com/events/golf. The 6,865-yard, 18-hole course is at 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd.

According to the Leadership Conservatory’s publicity chair, Cathy Lawson, the golf tournament is another fundraiser for the Tarpon Springs Band Boosters. Its proceeds, will benefit, in part, the conservatory’s Outdoor Performance Ensemble, which will compete in the National Championships in Indianapolis this November.

“Every other year we go to Indy for the Grand Championships,” Lawson said. “We get invited every year, because we’re good enough to qualify. But we can’t afford the trip every year, so that’s why we host fundraisers like our outdoor music festival in October and our auction and gala in April to help fund these and other trips.”

The boosters hope the golf tournament proves to be as successful as their annual gala and outdoor music festival have been, Lawson said.

“A parent suggested doing a fundraising golf tournament after playing in one, and everyone got behind it,” she said. “We’re learning it’s a really big undertaking, and we’re hoping it will be worthwhile enough to host every year.”

The tournament’s shotgun start will be at noon, with registration and range time beginning at 11 a.m.

She added the conservatory is also looking for businesses to donate prizes and sponsor the tournament. Sponsorships range from $100 to $5,000, and information is available on the event website.

With a caravan of six buses, four semi-trucks, four box trucks and other assorted vehicles needed to make the trip from Tarpon Springs, Lawson said, the Outdoor Performance Ensemble needs all the help it can get to make it to Indianapolis.

“People think we’re sponsored by Disney because we have colorful costumes and the fact that we’re not a traditional marching band,” she said. “We’re more performance based — like a college drum corps with more props and more color guard.”

She added: “But the truth is we need these fundraisers to help pay for these trips and everything that goes along with them. It’s been like this from the beginning, but the community is very supportive. If it wasn’t for their support, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.”

For more information on the inaugural Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts Golf Tournament Fore the Arts at Crescent Oaks Golf Club in Tarpon Springs on Sunday, Sept. 30, visit tarponspringsband.com/events/golf.