By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

Out of an abundance of caution for our members and other Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing participants and supporters, MAFF officials have regrettably decided to cancel the 2020 golf outing. The 30th annual event was originally scheduled for June 11 at Links of Novi.

This was a difficult decision as money raised from the event is used to provide scholarship funds for deserving high school seniors who plan to continue their education at an U.S. accredited university, college, community college, junior college, two- or four-year accredited degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a certification or license. MAFF officials will still be awarding one $2,500 scholarship in 2020, which will be announced in May.

The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Parsell, a pioneer in the law enforcement union movement, following his passing in 1990. MAFF has been awarding scholarships in Parsell’s name since 1991.

While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s most recent extension of the Stay at Home Executive Order (until May 15, 2020) does allow golf courses to reopen to the public, her order does not allow the use of golf carts due to social distancing guidelines of six feet between individuals.

This social distancing criteria, which is also a federal guideline for all states, would significantly impact the outing since each team typically consists of three to four-members. The outing also includes a sit-down steak dinner for participants, sponsors, and scholars and their families. Attempting to host the dinner with social distancing measures in place would pose a significant challenge. The lack of golf carts would also present a problem for participants, especially those who are unable to walk the course, and would delay completion of the event.

MAFF would like to extend our sincere thanks to our steadfast participants and supporters! Because of you, we are still able to award one $2,500 scholarship during this pandemic, which has led to the cancellation of many plans and events nationwide. Michigan schools and higher education continues online despite these unprecedented challenges and your generosity provides opportunities for local students to achieve a higher education.