The Ellis County Ministerial Alliance will host its sixth annual "Swingin' for Support" golf tournament July 3 at Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course, partnering with the Wild West Festival.

This is the main fundraiser for ECMA's "Second Mile Fund," which assists Ellis County residents with rent, utilities and other emergency needs.

In 2008 The Ellis County Ministerial Alliance assisted more than 1,100 people in Ellis County with more than $52,000 in emergency aid. ECMA is a United Way supported agency.

Since it's inception, the Ellis County Ministerial Alliance has provided a forum to address the spiritual, social and financial needs in our community while also providing a setting in which clergy and ministering persons in the community can enjoy fellowship.

Not all churches in Ellis County choose to cooperate in the alliance or support its Second Mile Fund financially, so available funds to assist those in need are often limited.

A traveling trophy will go to the church that registers the most golfers. Golfers should give credit to the church they attend when signing up for the tournament.

Registration is $40 dollars, which includes lunch and prizes. Registration is from 8 to 8:30 a.m. July 3 with a shotgun start at 8:30 am. A four-person scramble format will be played, but signing up as a single is encouraged.

Corporate sponsorships of $250 dollars and hole sponsorships of $100 dollars are available.

For more information, contact John Pyle at (785) 628-1294. For questions about ECMA or sponsorships, contact Kyle Ermoian at (785) 635-5943.