Fat Boys Golf Carts raised $10,000 for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund. Pictured, from left, are Sandee Clark, Jerry Green, Stacy Green, Donna Smallwood, Stan Mauldin, Steve Smallwood, Cindal Bryan, Marcy Hood and Steven Bryan. Special Photo
COVINGTON — Fat Boys Golf Carts is not just about making money. It’s about sharing and contributing to worthwhile charities in the community.
Owners Steve, Donna and Cindal Smallwood recently moved to a new location at 1587 Access Road and to celebrate held a grand re-opening. But the day wasn’t just about them. They raised $10,000 for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.
Manager Jerry Green said they wanted to put together an event that would be “fun-filled for the entire family and to reintroduce Fat Boys to the community.”
In order to raise funds for the American Legion Legacy Scholarships for the children of fallen soldiers, Fat Boys donated an $8,000 golf cart and gave each person who attended one free ticket for a chance to win the cart. Attendees were eligible to buy additional tickets. Also, proceeds from food and drink concessions for the day went to the fund.
“A man and woman from Monroe won the golf cart, which was awesome because they had just had their golf cart stolen. That worked out great,” Green said.
Other events for the day included a D.J., live entertainment, helicopter rides, lawn mower racing, auction items, a 50/50 drawing and more.
Also, there were approximately 50 vendors with booths which included bird houses, spas, The Pet Crematory, Stone Mountain Harley-Davidson, Ginn Motor Company, Covington Ford, Dan Babb State Farm Insurance, Law Bike (a legal firm that specializes in motorcycles) and representatives from Easy Go Golf Cart and Bad Boy Buggies, both of which Fat Boys distributes.
Green said they estimated there were 500 to 700 people on hand throughout the day, for a total attendance of about 4,500.
The event proved to be such a success, the golf cart dealership is planning on doing a similar event annually, Green said.
“Our commitment to the golf cart community is well beyond the golf course,” Green said. “It’s into the neighborhoods, working in the yard, hunting, fishing, everything. When Steve, Cindal and Donna committed to move to this state-of-the-art dealership, we decided we were going to reach out to the areas where we were getting a small percentage of the business and we’re reaching out big time.”