Local volunteers to swing clubs to fight cystic fibrosis

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:22 PM

MT. JULIET – Local families and volunteers are gearing up for the inaugural Cure For Our Friends golf tournament benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on April 26 at Windtree Golf Course. 

Wilson County Mayor Hutto will serve as host. 

While the event is new this year, co-chairs Vera Smith and Susan Marshall have raised more than $100,000, since they began fundraising years ago, to fight the No. 1 genetic disease in children. 

The tournament is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. The field is limited to the first 120 paid entries. The entry fee is $160 per person or $600 for a team. 

The entry fee includes a tournament round of golf, range balls the day of the event, a team photo from Annie’s Photography, door prizes, snacks and beverages on the course and a putting contest. 

After golf there will be a dinner and after party catered by Courtney’s Restaurant and live music provided by the Skahl’s and other local artists at the Windtree clubhouse. Non-golfers are invited to come out for the dinner and after party with donations encouraged. The Southern Academy of Irish Dancers will perform at 6 p.m., Sam the Balloon Man and face painting will be available, as well. 

The event will also feature special guests, including retired NFL stars Eddie Khayat, Brad Hopkins, Jimmy Robinson, Paul Guidry and Randy Fuller, just to name a few.  

“We still lose precious young lives to this disease every day. It’s more important than ever that we rally our community to fight CF,” said Smith, volunteer chair for the CF Foundation’s Tennessee Chapter. “We are grateful for every volunteer, donor and sponsor who supports Cure For Our Friends golf tournament.”

Funds raised through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation have helped spur progress in the lives of those who have cystic fibrosis. Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school. People with CF now live into their 30s, 40s and beyond. 

Contact Smith at 615-330-2850, fmpvera@aol.com or visit cureforourfriends.org for more information.

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