Sept. 21 2021 07:08 AM

Tournament proceeds benefit the work of The Village Family Service Center.

West Fargo, North Dakota-based Bobcat Company hosted the 57th annual Bobcat North Dakota Open Aug. 27-29 at the Fargo Country Club. The event brought together amateur and pro golfers to compete while supporting the Village Family Service Center, a local non-profit agency providing regional community behavioral health services. Bobcat has served as the major corporate sponsor the tournament since 1984.

“Bobcat has been proud to sponsor the region’s premier professional golf event, all while helping to raise funds to make a positive impact on the lives of children and families in our communities and build a brighter future,” says Mike Ballweber, president of Doosan Bobcat North America.

The tournament concluded with an awards ceremony and a donation check presented to the Village Family Service Center. The center helps residents improve their lives through individual and family counseling, adoption services and mentoring programs, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“We greatly appreciate our longstanding partnership with Bobcat and other sponsors of the Bobcat North Dakota Open,” says Jeff Pederson, president and CEO of the Village Family Service Center. “We look forward to continuing to provide lifechanging services to thousands of people and families in the communities we serve each year.”

Bobcat has donated more than $1.15 million to the organization since 1984. Additional major sponsors of the tournament include Bell Bank, D-S Beverages, Lapham-Hickey Steel and Mutual of America. To support the event, a group of 45 Bobcat employees and 33 corporate and community members volunteered their time before and during the event.

“The Bobcat North Dakota Open is part of our long tradition of charitable giving,” says Ballweber. “It is also a time for our employees to volunteer and involve our friends, families and other community partners to make a difference and help others.”

The Bobcat North Dakota Open is part of the Dakotas Tour, a 17-event, professional golf tour played in the states of Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota.