Woodrow Fest. Photo courtesy of Brian Bessner.

The seventh-annual Woodrow Fest is set for October, and the fundraiser organizers have planned two activities to entertain neighbors.

Woodrow Wilson alumni Brian Bessner and Clay Drury are both members of the Exchange Club of East Dallas and started the fundraiser to support the community and neighborhood schools they once attended. In the past, the event has included live music, a silent auction, food vendors and more, but Bessner and Drury had to pivot last year to a golf tournament. They decided to host one again this year due to its popularity and success.

Every year, the Exchange Club donates $80,000-$100,000 to Woodrow and $180,000-$200,000 to local Dallas ISD schools.

It kicks off with a buffet lunch and putting contest at 11 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Stevens Park Golf Course in Oak Cliff. Those events will be followed by a shotgun start golf tournament at 12:30 p.m. The format is a handicapped four-man scramble. Purchase tickets here.

Door prizes will be given out, and there will also be a raffle, where neighbors have a chance to win prizes such as a membership to the Knights of Columbus pool near Northwest Highway and Ferndale Road or a 65-inch television.

After the tournament, there will be a party at 6 p.m. at Lee Harvey’s. Anyone who buys a ticket to participate in the golf tournament receives automatic admission to the party, where live music will be provided by Tom Petty cover band Petty Theft. But if you’d prefer to skip the golf and head straight to the party, tickets are available here for $30 and at the door for $40.

For more information about Woodrow Fest, including sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Woodrow Fest. Photo courtesy of Brian Bessner.


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