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During the first week of September, the Opportunity Center is all a-buzz. Clients are excited about the special music they will perform at the annual performance of the Opportunity Singers. Clients and staff make sure they are scheduled to work as volunteers on the golf course. The Village Screen Print Shop is busily working on all kinds of projects, from volunteer shirts to special merchandise for sale at the store. It's time for the annual Cherokee Strip Golf Classic.

The Cherokee Strip Golf Classic, lovingly referred to by its volunteers and participants as The Strip, is a volunteer-driven, charitable golf tournament which began in 1961 with the sole purpose of raising money to help fund the Opportunity Center. All proceeds from The Strip are deposited with Opportunity Center Foundation.

The Strip is an invitational, pro-am golf tournament comprised of approximately 44 teams, with each team consisting of 1 PGA Professional and 4 amateurs. The Strip is held at the Ponca City Country Club, Ponca City, Oklahoma, on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday following Labor Day. The entry fee covers 3 days of food and beverage (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for both the golfer and a companion. Participants play 3 days of golf (1 practice round & 2 tournament rounds) and receive entry gifts. Numerous social activities are available for the companion as well as a ladies’ golf tournament on Thursday.

There is an abundance of evening entertainment, including a special performance by the Opportunity Singers during Friday evening's banquet. There’s even more – Hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin, and longest drive prizes, a 2-man amateur horse race on Thursday afternoon (additional fee), an over-the-top silent auction, a live auction, an Opportunity Center Screen Print store open on the premises, and on, and on, and on!

Email or check out the website or Facebook page for information on how to become a participant, donor, sponsor, or volunteer.  Don't forget to watch the promotional video below!


There's not another agency that provides the services and quality of services that we offer.  We want the best for our clients. They're the reason we are here.  We laugh and love and work side by side with some of the most amazing people in the Ponca City community.  The Cherokee Strip Golf Classic is one of the ways we are able to continue to do what we do.  The funds generated from this special fundraiser benefit the Opportunity Center Foundation, which secures a future for the Opportunity Center, Inc. and the clients we care for.

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