The Blount Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament drew supporters from around the community for a day on the links at Egwani Farms recently.
The annual event on Sept. 26 raised $45,000 for a variety of programs that help people of all ages live a better life, foundation executive director Jane Andrews said.
“It was fun. We had a little bit of rain toward the end of the afternoon round, and it showered in the middle, but, all-in-all, we got the round played,” she said. “We had a good full field in the afternoon and had about 148 total for both rounds.”
Andrews said the money raised was about what was anticipated. “Of course we would like to do more,” she said. “This tournament enables us to help more people have access to medical care.”
The foundation executive director said money goes to help people receiving cancer treatments, individuals who are uninsured or underinsured and helps cover the cost of medication and medical equipment. “This is one event where we spread the proceeds along to a lot of funds, such as the Family Birthing Center Project, where we provide DVDs on newborn care for new parents and help new moms on WIC get breast pumps,” she said. “The event also helps hospice patients. We divide everything up into a lot of different pots for folks who have needs.”
Andrews said the Blount Memorial Foundation is thankful to the golfers, the sponsors and the volunteers who make the event possible. “In a time when there are so many worthy causes and events, we’re pleased to be on the list of a lot of folks who enjoy playing and want to sponsor,” she said.
The foundation executive director said there is always room for the event to grow. “This was the 22nd event, and the 23rd is next year on Sept. 24 back at Egwani Farms,” she said. “We wouldn’t do it without them. Lisa Franks and her staff do all the hard work and make sure our golfers are accommodated.”