The Assistance League of the Columbia Pacific is sponsoring the second annual fundraising Golf Ball Drop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6 at the Astoria Golf & Country Club.

A helicopter from Arctic Air will hover over a hole set up on the driving range, and a slew of numbered golf balls will be dumped onto the ground. Prizes will be awarded to those who hold the ticket numbers to the golf balls that make a hole-in-one and are closest to the pin.

Prizes include one night stays for two (and a dinner certificate) at Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach, the Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria and Shilo Inn in Seaside, dinner for two at Fulio's and two tickets to the Chuck Wicks concert, and more. The Ear's favorite prize is a tie: a Happy Birthday Serenade, sung by Willis Van Dusen, mayor of Astoria, or an "All You Can Eat Candy Tasting Party" for five at Bruce's Candy Kitchen in Cannon Beach.

The day starts at 10 a.m. with a no-cost kids' golf clinic. A barbecue lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults. At 12:15 p.m., be prepared for the golf ball drop and a drawing for a children's bicycle.

The festivities are for a good cause, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to Operation School Bell, a program that provides new clothing for Clatsop County children in need.

To join in the fun, you can purchase golf ball tickets for the helicopter drop for $5 each at Holly McHone Jewelers and Bank of Astoria, or by calling Linda Perkins at (503) 380-5151. The deadline to buy tickets is Wednesday.

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