Women's Club hosts annual croquet tourney

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

CONYERS — The Georgia Heartland Women's Club is inviting the public to play "a game of all ages" while helping out local charities.

The Heartland Women's Club will host its 20th annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament beginning at 10 a.m. March 12 at Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $50 per player and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and a day of play. Participants are asked to dress in all-white and there will be prizes for the best dressed man and woman.

Preferred deadline for sign-up is Friday, but participants can still sign up Saturday morning.

The annual event typically draws more than 20 teams of two with people coming from across the metro-Atlanta area, according to the club's co-president Debby Vanderbunt.

The civic club picks different charities in the community to support with money raised from the event.

This year's proceeds will go toward Rockdale Emergency Relief and the Newton County food pantry. Vanderbunt encourages the public to attend.

"The more teams, the more money we make," Vanderbunt said. "Ideally, we usually give each charity a couple thousand dollars, but with the economy, we're having a harder time."

And the tournament is open to people of all skill levels — even those who may not know how to play at first.

"It's a quick, easy game of croquet. Anyone can play. They don't have to be athletically endowed," Vanderbunt said. "What usually happens is the beginners do very well their first time."

She said 20-minute games will run through the morning, then eliminations will start after lunch.

There will be cash rewards for winners.

All play equipment will be provided on site. Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Donations will also be accepted from those who do not want to play.

For more information, call 770-786-5002 or 404-316-3284.