Loring Guenther’s legacy lives on through Toys for Tots
A few years ago, a memorial golf tournament was started in honor of the late Loring Guenther, who was a Captain for the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.
The goal of the tournament was to raise money for Toys for Tots, a charity that has been near and dear to the hearts of Guenther and his wife Deb.
“The purpose of the golf tournament has always been to honor Loring’s memory and service to Dodge County, honor his leadership and friendship, and support Toys for Tots – a charity he cared about deeply and volunteered a great deal of time for every year. We’re also excited to see the scholarship program developing to help support local students going into law enforcement,” Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose explained.
He explained that the tournament started off small the first year. but over the years has grown.
“We raised only a few hundred dollars the first year. It’s grown exponentially since then,” Rose said.
That success was shown on Thursday night when Guenther’s wife Deb had the honor of presenting a check for $3,000 to Toys for Tots after another successful tournament earlier this year.
When asked how Loring would have felt about people raising money for Toys for Tots, Deb replied by saying, “I think he is in heaven grinning from ear to ear.”
This year, they decided to honor Loring even more by using some of the proceeds from the tournament to give a scholarship to someone who is going into law enforcement.
Deb explained that the golf tournament isn’t one for competition but instead as a way to help raise money for a good cause and to bring people together.
“While it’s hard to believe he’s been gone 5 years, it’s so awesome to see so many of his friends, family, and co-workers come together each year for the golf tournament to remember and honor him. His service and sacrifice will never be forgotten in Dodge County,” Rose said.
Deb explained that the success of the tournament year after year is a reflection of how great of a person he was to the community.
Over the years, Deb said that the group of tournament volunteers have learned about how to put together the fundraiser and is very thankful for the generosity of the community.
Every year when she asks people and businesses to make donations to the tournament, whether monetary or through donating items for the raffle or silent auction, she asks that people donate from their hearts and make sure people know what the proceeds go towards.
“We wouldn't be able to have a successful tournament and raise as much money without all the support from the community,” Deb said.
Aside from raising money for Toys for Tots through the tournament the staff of Dodge County Human Services once again helped out this year by raising money during penny wars.
“Our friends at MN Prairie Alliance (Dodge County Human Services) have also donated each year in support of our efforts – This year their staff raised an amazing $770 doing penny wars to donate to Toys for Tots as well. That’s above and beyond the $4,192,” Rose said.
Deb said that Toys for Tots is a great cause and she can’t think of anyone better to represent Dodge County in the efforts to help children and families in need during the holiday season, than her late husband, Loring.
“It's a good cause and I can’t think of a better name to associate it with in Dodge County,” she said.