A 57-year history of friendship and partnership between Excel Industries, Inc., and Hesston College will be celebrated at the fourth annual Hesston College Homecoming Golf Benefit Thursday, Sept. 29, at Hesston Golf Park. Excel and Midwest Professional Golf Association are sponsoring the event. All proceeds will benefit the Hesston College annual fund.
Registration for the event is $125 per person and includes green fees, cart, range balls and a prime rib dinner. The deadline to register is Monday, Sept. 26. Hole sponsorships are also available.
Golfers will have the opportunity to win two Excel-manufactured mowers, as well as other sponsor-donated prizes. The mowers up for grabs are a Hustler Raptor and a Big Dog Alpha, both valued at $3,000. One mower will be given as a prize to the golfer closest to the pin (within three feet). The second will be auctioned off the highest bidder, with a minimum starting bid of $2,000. One prize from Midwest PGA is a set of Callaway steel-head irons 4 through pitching wedge, valued at $700.
The history between Hesston College and Excel dates back to Excel’s earliest days. The company was founded by Jonathan Mast in 1959. In the early 60’s, Hesston College alumni Roy Mullet and Doug Stutzman as well as social sciences instructor Cal Redekop became involved with the company as owners and employees. The Mullet family bought a partial interest in the company in 1961, and members of the Mullet family continue to be involved as owners and senior management, including Hesston College alumni Paul Mullet, president and CEO, Bob Mullet, senior vice president and COO, and Luke Roth-Mullet, vice president of operations and continuous improvement.
Since its founding and over the last 57 years, Excel has supported and been an advocate for the Hesston Experience, including giving lead gifts on recent capital renovation projects of Erb Hall dorm, Northlawn Center for Performing Arts Education and a new campus entry. In gratitude for Excel’s faithful support, Hesston College named the campus entry Mullet Drive in honor of the family and the company.