Disc golfers compete in snow to benefit the River Food Pantry

Glide Disc Golf raises thousands each year for the pantry


MADISON, Wis.– Over 100 disc golfers braved the snow and cold weather to compete in Glide Disc Golf’s 4th annual Winter Disc Tournament at Yahara Hills to benefit The River Food Pantry.

The event featured a contest with prizes and had a goal of raising over $5,000. There was also a raffle and lost-and-found disc sale, with all proceeds supporting the fundraiser.

“Trophies for the winners, but really the big winner today is The River Food Pantry,” Glide Disc Golf owner Mike Batka said. “Every person who shows up and competes today, there’s an entry fee of about $20. All the profit of the entry fee is going back into the event.”

The River Food Pantry is one of the busiest in Dane County and serves more than 1,000 families each week, according to its website.

“It’s a loving family. We’re not there just to help. We are there to care,” Jon Clark, the warehouse supervisor at The River Food Pantry, said. “That’s something that The River, that we embrace. We embrace the people that come in there. We try to help them as much as possible.”

The event collected non-perishable food donations for The River Food Pantry.