Special to The Hays Daily News

The Ellis County Ministerial Alliance will host its ninth annual "Swingin' for Support" Golf Tournament Friday at Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course, partnering with the Wild West Festival.

This is the major fundraiser for ECMA's Second Mile Fund, which assists Ellis County residents with rent, utilities and other emergency needs through First Call for Help.

In 2012, the ECMA has assisted hundreds of people in Ellis County with thousands of dollars in emergency aid.

Since its inception, ECMA has provided a forum to address the spiritual, social and financial needs in our community while 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 often are limited.

A traveling trophy for the church that registers the most golfers is in the possession of Celebration Community Church. The trophy previously was won by Liberty Christian Fellowship and First United Methodist Church.

The cost is $60, which includes cart, lunch and prizes for all. Registration is from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Friday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. A four-person scramble format will be played but signing up as a single is encouraged.