Golfers Raise $15k for Good Causes

Sept. 9, 2013

Golfers are on the green to make some green. It's part of the Major Russell Lane Annual Memorial Golf Tournament in Greene County.

From driving the ball down the range to putting it in the hole for a birdie, more than 100 golfers came out for the second annual tournament.

"We had so many golfers, we actually had to turn golfers away," said Sheriff Steve Smith, Greene County Sheriff's Department.

The proceeds from the teams will go to two programs.

Money will help "Shop with a Cop." Each year around Christmas, The Greene County sheriff's office takes under privileged children shopping at Walmart.

"It will really help a lot of families and we just encourage people to come out and support us. It will make a lot of children's Christmas this year," said Sheriff Smith.

Money will also benefit GRACE or Greene Alliances of Church and Community Efforts. The organization helps people who have fallen on tough times.

"We help people when they get behind on utility bills, help people with the rent and help back-to-school programs," said Allen Anderson, Vice Chair, GRACE.

Organizers say this fundraiser couldn't have come at a better time.

"Our organization is always short of money because people in this economy are really hurting particularly with utility bills. People get laid off. Often times, they come to us for help and we are always short," said Anderson.

Thanks to a few rounds of golf, children will have some gifts under the tree and parents will have a little help paying the bills.

Golfers raised a total of $15,000 thanks to the tournament.

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