Golfers hit the links for annual Charlie Miller Bowtie Classic fundraiser

Some early-morning rain showers didn’t keep people from golfing for a good cause this weekend.

The 5th annual Charlie Miller Bowtie Classic was held Saturday morning at Forest Hills in La Crosse.

Every year, the outing helps fund grants and other programs for the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. It’s named after one of the organization’s co-founders, who died unexpectedly six years ago.

Charlie Miller’s wife, Susan, says the event helps carry on his legacy of improving education in the city.

“I really think education is so vitally important, and he felt we all have to learn to be life-long learners, and if you give children a good start, that desire to learn will stay with them through their lives,” said Miller.

More than 90 golfers hit the links for this year’s event, raising about $26,000 for the foundation. That’s up about 10 percent from last year’s event.

As an added bonus, the winning team also earned a $500 grant for their school of choice.