Luke Bielawski was honored Tuesday at the Indiana Statehouse for his novel fundraising efforts. The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law student made headlines last year when he hit golf balls across the country to raise money for an Indianapolis high school serving at-risk students.
Bielawski kicked off his venture, “From Tee to Shining Tee” in May at the Pacific Ocean and hit and putted golf balls across the U.S. for 93 days. He hit his last ball in Kiawah Island, S.C.
Bielawski’s fundraising campaign raised $60,000 to further scholarships for Providence Cristo Rey High School, a Catholic college-preparatory high school.
He ended up with a score of 52,345 and lost 5,540 golf balls.
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers, introduced a House resolution honoring the Fishers resident.
Bielawski founded the Get on the Green Foundation in 2013, which is a nonprofit dedicated to raising money through golf-related fundraising events. “From Tee to Shining Tee” was his first fundraising venture.
“The drive and ingenuity that Luke has shown through this fundraising effort is inspiring,” Bosma said. “He has had a tremendous, positive effect for many students at Providence Cristo Rey. By combining his passion for helping others and his love of golf, I know that he will continue to do great things for people in need across the nation.”