On April 25 and 26, Vulcan Materials Company sponsored its 6th annual, “Make a Breakthrough for Cystic Fibrosis,” sporting clays tournament at the Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club in Maryville.
The two-day event drew more than 350 shooters from states all across the Southeast. Jim Deanda, treasurer for Cure Finders, a Sevierville based organization dedicated to funding CF research, said they expected total contributions raised to exceed $150,000.
The tournament has grown to be one of the largest in the Southeastern United States.
In its first six years, the tournament, which is co-sponsored by Vulcan customers and suppliers, has reached the half million dollar mark in total contributions. Through Cure Finders, the funds are devoted to funding research to battle CF, a genetic lung and digestive disease that afflicts thousands each year.
Through such research, many thousands are living longer and more productive lives.
“I can’t tell you how proud we are of the many employees, suppliers and customers that volunteer to help each year to make this event a huge success. This makes a real difference,” said Stan Bass, Vulcan’s Midsouth division president.
Other major sponsors for the event included Power Equipment, Stowers, Seay Oil, Bass Pro Shop, Bridgestone/Firestone, Southern Wire, Boss Hogg Food Products, Industrial Fabrication & Repair, TEMA and Food City.
Cystic Fibrosis is a lung and digestive disease which affects tens of thousands of children and adults in the United States. In the 1960s children lived an average of four years with Cystic Fibrosis. Today that average age has risen to 37.