Golf at many different levels and charitable causes go hand-in-hand all over the country.
Seldom is it done any better than here in Anderson with the Children's Golf Classic, held at Anderson Country Club this past Tuesday. The event's primary sponsors are St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital and Ivy Tech Community College.
This year the event topped the $70,000 mark in funds raised, which was over $13,000 better than the previous record and $10,000 more than the goal for 2013. Some of that extra cash came from the Celebrity Benefit and Pairings Party, which was held on Monday night, the eve of the golf tournament. That event gave non-golfers a chance to participate, eat some great food and partake of live entertainment, which included local musical icons Dan Daugherty and Carl Erskine.
Some of the extra excitement generated by both events comes from the well-known former PGA golfers brought into the event by the host, Highland graduate Brian Hammons. This year those golfing greats include Kurt Byrum and Billy Ray Brown.
Predicted rains for Tuesday never materialized, giving credence to the fact that the fundraising was truly for a special cause. The funds keep the Children's Clinic in operation. The facility provides health care for children in Madison County who might otherwise not be able to afford it.
There were 31 teams entered in the Classic, each with four golfers who paid their way in, and a celebrity. Some of the celebrities were local and some regional. John Andretti, a former IndyCar and NASCAR driver, isn't a golfer but he attended to show his support and did a meet-and-greet with the golfers.
It is doubtful that there will ever be a decrease in the need for the work being done in the Children's Clinic. So it is a vital part of the local charitable landscape for this golf outing to continue its string of fundraising success stories.
Plans are already underway for 2014. Hopefully it will be bigger, better and more successful than this year.
In summary The Children's Clinic Golf Classic continues to successfully raise an ever-increasing amount of money to enable the clinic to provide needy children with vital health services. This year's event raised a record of over $70,000.