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The days are getting longer and we’re working our way toward summer, and that means we’re getting close to our annual golf tournament. Consider celebrating the longest day of the year with Midnight Sun Home Care. Have some fun while benefiting a great cause!

The 5th Annual Swing Into Solstice Midnight Sun Charity Golf Classic will take place at Settlers Bay Golf Course in Wasilla. The tournament runs from 7 p.m. Saturday June 23 to 1:30 a.m. Sunday June 24. Registration begins at 5p.m.

I established this golf tournament as a fun way to benefit local Alaska charities. This year, we chose the Hospice of Anchorage as our charity of choice. Money raised will help the Hospice of Anchorage with their mission of helping individuals and families prepare for and live with serious life-limiting illness, dying and the grief that follows. We appreciate the difficult work of the team at Hospice of Anchorage, and know they have served many of our clients and their families during difficult times.

Please join us in helping. Spots are filling up fast this year! You can register as a team of four golfers or as an individual. We also have several sponsorship spots stillavailable.

You can register for the event at, www.swingtntosolstice.org. For more information about playing or sponsoring contact us at info@swingintosolstice.org or call (907) 677-7890.

We are excited to have a great event and encourage Alaskans to spend an evening doing something they love and help a great organization at the same time!

Kevin Turkington
Founder & CEO
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