Mid-South Carpenters Answer the Call to Help with Fundraiser for The Healing Place

The Healing Place, based in Alabama, successfully held its 3rd Annual Putt Putt for a Purpose fundraiser at Wilson Park in Florence. Thanks to members of Mid-South Carpenters Local 1209, 26 putt-putt holes were constructed — the most the event has seen since its inception. Businesses and organizations throughout the community sponsored and decorated the putt-putt holes to showcase the services they provide to the Shoals community. The public is then invited to play the course for a suggested donation of $5.

Melissa Bailey, executive director of The Healing Place, said the event raised more than $5,000, thanks to the sponsors, the carpenters’ in-kind donation, and more than 300 folks who attended. All funds raised will be used to provide grief support services to children, teens, and families in Colbert, Lauderdale, and Franklin counties.

“The grief support services that we provide to the community are all offered free of charge, so we rely on the community for support, whether it’s through volunteering, advocating, or monetary donations. When the carpenters union volunteered to build the putt-putt holes for free, we were overcome with the emotion of such a gift,” Bailey said. “Not only did they build 26 putt-putt holes, but they did it impeccably. They actually looked like real putt-putt holes on a miniature golf course! We are so grateful and appreciative of their willingness to help in our time in need.”

Mid-South Carpenters’ Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Mike Boner, said helping communities with volunteerism is part of the DNA of a union carpenter. “It’s truly our honor to help The Healing Place with this worthwhile cause. Our passion is to support our community and provide a better quality of life for our neighbors, friends and family members, and the opportunity to do the Putt Putt project was like hitting a hole in one for us.”

About The Healing Place

The Healing Place, founded in 2001, is a non-profit organization that provides ongoing education and grief support to children ages 3-19 and their families who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Our services are provided free of charge to all participants, and we serve more than 500 children each year in Franklin, Lauderdale, and Colbert Counties. For more information, visit contact Melissa Bailey, or 256-383-7133.

About The Mid-South Carpenters

The Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council represents more than 3,000 professional craftsmen in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and parts of three more surrounding states. We provide safe, productive carpenters to the regional construction industry. To accomplish that, we use our heads as much as our hands, and apply that knowledge and competency to meet any project schedule, budget, or circumstance with a mix of in-demand skills, professionalism, and teamwork. For more information, visit

For a photo album of the event, click here!