KenJo golfers hit links to raise money for charity

More than 200 turned out on May 12 to support KenJo Market’s fourth annual golf tournament to benefit area charities.

Jimmy McBrayer, director of marketing, said almost $50,000 was raised to help area projects, charities and non-profits organizations.

“KenJo is a member of this community,” said McBrayer, “and as a member of the community we want to do our part in giving back to worthwhile charities and projects. We host the tournament every year as a means of raising money that we can give back to the community.”

McBrayer said some of the charities and organizations KenJo supports include the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation, animal shelter groups and smaller 501C-3 charities. “We also put a lot back into supporting local high schools in the area,” he said.

“This is the fourth year for the tournament, and it has grown to the point where it is twice as large as it was in its first year. This is the first year we’ve gone to two flights, and it was practically full with 208 golfers,” he said. “This has been my project as director of marketing since we started it four years ago and to watch it grow is heart-warming.”

McBrayer said the participants know why KenJo holds the tournament each year. “This isn’t to go to our bottom line,” he said. “It is to put back into the community. The fact they’re willing to step up and participate is gratifying. It means we have good partners.”

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