$200,000 Raised by Hilton Head Island Celebrity Tourney

The 2005 Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament recently distributed $200,000.00 during a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hilton Head Island Beach Resort. The money will be shared by children’s charities in Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

$25,000 has been contributed to the neediest of families in Long Beach, MS who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Long Beach is a town which Beaufort has adopted in recovery efforts for the devastated area. Funds were distributed through the United Way directly to the families. An additional $3,000.00 was given to the Deep Well Project specifically for families who have been relocated to our community.

This year marked the 25th Anniversary of the Labor Day Weekend tradition which has now distributed $2,560,000.00 in total to children in the Lowcountry. Proceeds from the event provide food for the hungry, safety and shelter for the abused, clothing for the needy, quality day care, grief counseling, summer camp for the disabled, medical and dental aid and programs that give children the opportunity for a sense of self worth and direction.

The 2005 beneficiaries included: Child Abuse Prevention Association, Children’s Relief Fund, First Presbyterian Day School, All Saints Preschool, Island Lutheran Preschool, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, Ella C. White Memorial Scholarship, Heroes on Horseback, Children’s Center, Boys & Girls Club, Children’s School at St. Luke’s, Hope Cottage, Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse, May River Montessori, Deep Well Children’s Fund, Providence Children’s Center and Volunteers in Medicine.

Special Honored Guests for the Anniversary Weekend included eight service members and their families from the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort who have returned from Iraq. For the fourth year in a row, eight New York City Firefighters from the historical documentary “9/11” were also honored.

Along with the Honorary Chairman Bob Cousy celebrity participants included Johnny Bench, Gary Carter, Roger Craig, Bobby Cremins, Laurie Dhue, Mike Eruzione, Jim Huber, Ewa Laurance, Mark Malone, Cazzie Russell, Richard Roundtree, Gale Sayers, Ozzie Smith, Frank Viola, Paul Williams and Ben Wright to name just a few.

Amateur golfers and their families travel from all areas of the country to enjoy three days of golf, entertaining parties and camaraderie during the festive weekend. This year’s 25th Tournament was played at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run, Robert Trent Jones at Palmetto Dunes and Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines.

The Tournament relies on over 250 Volunteers throughout the weekend for their help in providing a smooth running event for the 500 plus participants. Not only do several folks travel from outside South Carolina to volunteer but this year a young couple from Denmark made their first visit to the United States for the sole purpose of coming to the area to volunteer for the Tournament.

Another special volunteer was Mike Cassavant, a member of the Air National Guard who had one of the least glamorous jobs for the weekend, rising before dawn to start the grills for the all day task of cooking hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and chicken for the guests on the golf course. On Saturday morning Mike got the call on the golf course that he was needed immediately to fly supplies to the ravaged area of Mississippi & Louisiana. Mike left the grills to once again help others. After fulfilling his duties in Mississippi & Louisiana and arriving back in Hilton Head at 3am on Sunday he did not take the day off to rest. Mike came back to the golf course to help the Tournament once again.

The 2006 Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament will be held September 1-3. For further information, please call 843-842-7711 or visit them on the web at www.hhcelebritygolf.com.


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