More than $141,000 was raised during the Eighth Annual “Make a Breakthrough for Cystic Fibrosis” sporting clays tournament at the Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club in Blount County.
The two-day event drew more than 450 shooters from all across the Southeast. Vulcan Materials is the primary sponsor of the event that benefits Cure Finders, a Sevierville-based organization dedicated to funding Cystic Fibrosis research. According to Jim Deanda, treasurer for Cure Finders, it is expected that total contributions raised will exceed $141,000.
The tournament has grown to be one of the largest in the Southeastern United States.
Over its eight-year existence, the tournament, co-sponsored by Vulcan customers and suppliers, has raised more than $880,000 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 of children and adults each year. In the 1960s, children diagnosed with the disease lived an average of 4 years. Today that figure has risen to 38 years.
“I can’t tell you how proud we are of the many employees, suppliers and customers who volunteer to help each year to make this event an ongoing success. We are making a real difference that we hope will one day lead to a cure,” said Stan Bass, Vulcan’s Midsouth Division president.
Other major sponsors for the event included TEMA, Seay Oil, Stowers Equipment Southern Wire, Industrial Fabrication & Repair, Food City, Barnhart Crane & Rigging, GCR Tire- Bridgestone Tire, Ready Mix USA, Tennessee Waste Co., Bds/Infofast and Power Equipment.
Vulcan Materials is the largest construction aggregates company in the United States. Its Midsouth Division, based in Knoxville, has more than 40 crushed stone facilities operating in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and Indiana.