There are many reasons why the Children's Clinic Classic, a golf tournament operated by St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, continues to grow.
First and foremost is the cause. Children are the most vulnerable and, in many ways, the most valuable of this county's resources. They deserve to have their basic medical needs met even when the family is unable to afford that treatment. The St. John's Children's Clinic does that and has for many years.
It is also widely known that the golf tournament, held this past Tuesday, is the primary source of funds to operate this facility for the next 12 months.
Beyond those reasons, the rest of the success comes down to people and companies.
The people are top-notch all the way across the spectrum of those who volunteer to help.
It starts with Carl Erskine, who helped put together the original idea. It was his name and then that of Sandi Patty, who gave notoriety and credence to the event and the cause. The fact that Erskine remains active and involved is a testament to his commitment to the cause and the event.
Jim and Marilyn Ault have long been the guiding force and conscience of the steering committee that guides this event. The entire committee is dedicated to nothing more than running a good event and finding ways to raise as much cash as possible for the clinic.
A new member who has brought new ideas, contacts and vitality to the committee is Highland graduate and national television personality Brian Hammons. He has been instrumental in bringing golf stars to Anderson to participate in this event. This year Mark Calcavecchia was added to that list.
Then there are the celebrities who play and the golfers who pay for the privilege to compete in this tourney with one of the celebrities. The celebrities' willingness to give their time and the golfers who give of their money provide many of the funds the tourney produces — including this year's record amount of $115,000.