Drop the Ball

You don’t have to be a professional golfer to win big with a hole-in-one—you just have to have balls.

Olive Crest hosts a Hole-In-One Helicopter Ball Drop at TPC Summerlin during the second annual Tommy Bahama Desert Lights Classic.

The charity invites aerial golfers to purchase numbered golf balls (on sale through April 30 for $10 each or three for $25), and try their luck when a helicopter drops the lot of luck-determining golf balls on the TPC course. The big drop takes place at 9 a.m. May 3, and the owner of whichever ball lands in the hole first gets two international round-trip tickets on Continental Airlines.

Olive Crest hopes to sell 4,000 golf balls—one for every child who benefits from Nevada’s foster care system on a daily basis—and all funds raised will help protect at-risk children and prevent child abuse. olivecrest.org/nv.

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