Blount United Way raises $26,000 in annual golf tournament at Egwani

The 2009 Blount County United Way campaign fundraising efforts got a huge boost and raised $26,000 Aug. 4 when golfers packed Egwani Farms for the annual United Way Golf Tournament.

Maryville City Manager Greg McClain and Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson co-chaired the committee that organized the effort.

“It was fabulous. I think we cleared about $3,000 more this year than last year. We had a great time doing it. I think the committee really enjoyed themselves and, of course, what we did is for a great cause. It was fun all the way,” Mark Johnson said.

While Johnson co-chaired the event and helped lead the effort leading up to the tournament, he was on vacation on tournament day. He joked that that was why the event was so successful.

“I was pleased that things went well in the operation of it, and we were ecstatic we raised roughly $3,000 more than last year for United Way. It is really gratifying thing for me and Greg and the rest of the golf committee,” he said.

Vice President of Resource Development Jennifer Wackerhagen with Blount County United Way said the event was the most successful golf tournament so far. “This really helps set the pace for the whole campaign. This is the first money that has come in for our fall campaign,” she said.

Aaron Killian, communications and marketing coordinator, said the event helps set the pace for the whole campaign. “It was wonderful. The weather was phenomenal, and we were packed. It was a full tournament. The sponsors were great, the players were wonderful, and the volunteers came through. We couldn’t ask for more,” he said. “Last year was a record breaker, and we broke that record by $3,000. This year we had a presenting sponsor with Alcoa, Inc. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to top what we did last year.”

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