BULL VALLEY – A helicopter circled three times about 100 feet above Boone Creek Golf Course before hovering to let its passenger release a bundle of numbered golf balls.
The second annual helicopter ball drop marked the beginning of the third annual Bull Valley Police Department Golf Outing, a charity for historic building restoration.
Ball number 77, bought by Mark Finn of Lakewood, was found to be closest to the hole, garnering a $250 cash prize.
After paying to participate and putting money down for one of the 100 falling golf balls, Finn said he chose number 77 – the year he married his wife, Debbie.
"We figured it'd be a lucky number," Debbie Finn said with a smile. "I guess it was."
Co-hosted by the police department and the Stickney House Foundation, the golf outing is one of four charity events organized by the foundation throughout the year, said president Nicole Horn.
"What we try to do is raise money for restoring historic homes throughout McHenry County," Horn said.
"Specifically, the charity today is for restoring the Stickney House."
Dating back to the 1840s, the Stickney House now serves as the village hall and home to the police department. Horn said the outing last year raised about $10,000 for historic restoration, so this year's goal was $15,000.
"We work on fundraising as well as education and outreach to let communities know we're trying to save historic barns, historic homes and historic commercial buildings," she said. "And to save some of our heritage in McHenry County and Lake County."
Major sponsors for the event were Donahue & Walsh P.C. and Gary Lang Auto Group, both out of McHenry.