Pictured in front from left to right are Angi Arkema, Tim Te Grotenhuis, Cpt. Paul Haase, Sarah Treft and Vicki Cowman. Pictured in back from left to right are Lt. Bret Haupert, Sgt. Justin Bailey, Karen Eischen, Mary Mansfield and Chief Shane McSheehy.

PELLA — The PACE Alliance held its annual Charity Golf Outing on Friday, August 20, raising $5150 for the Pella Police Department.

Golf Committee Chairs Tim Te Grootenhuis and Vicki Cowman along with committee members Angela Arkema, Sarah Treft, Matt Sherlock, Mary Mansfield, and Karen Eischen organized this year’s CADDYSHACK themed golf outing with an extra purpose in mind – to give back to those who protect and secure the safety of our community.

Golfers and sponsors raised $5150 to assist in the purchase of a K9 Unit, which includes both the equipped vehicle and the trained dog.

The Pella Police K9 will be trained to find lost children and people in distress (medical, Alzheimer’s), tracking criminal suspects, school, church and resident facility meet and greets, and Narcotics detection. The total cost is $75,000.

“It was an honor to raise money for the Pella Police Department. They give so much to this community through the Citizen’s Police Academy, educating students and parents in our local schools, and keeping our community safe. PACE members and businesses in Pella and the surrounding area came together for a day of fun to rally behind our police department. The K9 Unit will be a great addition,” said Chairman Vicki Cowman.

This event brought together a record 134 members/golfers, 30 sponsors, 29 volunteers and members of the Central Golf Team for a great day of business on the golf course while raising $5150 for the Pella Police Department as well as dollars to support the activities of the PACE Alliance.

The Golf Committee is just one of many PACE committees and Councils making a difference in our community and area.

Under the PACE Alliance structure more than 163 members are working on various aspects of economic and business development as well as quality of life. If you would like to become involved, simply contact the PACE Alliance office at or 641.628.2626.

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