Wilson County is blessed to be the home of so many charitable individuals.
Tuesday at Pine Creek Golf Course, locals and celebrities gathered with a common goal - helping local children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to be able to open gifts on Christmas morning. More than 20 celebrities, from musicians to radio personalities, even a NASCAR driver paired with dozens of local citizens to raise funds for Christmas 4 Kids, a charity that allows underprivileged kids the chance to shop for Christmas gifts.
I love to golf. I'm terrible, but nonetheless, as they say "a bad day golfing is better than a good day at work." I had several of those I interviewed Tuesday express the same feelings as mine. There was many an "I'm not any good" or "I haven't played in forever."
But it didn't matter what your skill level happened to be, everyone said the same thing, they were just happy to be involved with such a worthy cause. Wilson County resident Tracy Lawrence said he likes to do a lot for the local community because "Wilson County is my home." The hosts of the event, singing duo Lee and Elaine Roy, were very excited about the tournament and the number of participants. Lee noted the pair were "very excited. Anytime we get to raise money for kids, I'm all for it."
I have to agree. Elaine said the event usually serves between 400 and 450 children, which to me is an amazing accomplishment. Having so many generous people who take time from their busy schedules to go for an afternoon of cutting up with friends and enjoying a day in the sunshine while helping some very appreciative children makes me feel proud to be a Wilson County native.
I shudder to think of what my golf skills would have looked like if I had hit the course that morning, but thankfully, I wasn't asked to. I can picture now the moment I swung the first club having to yell out every golfer's favorite word "Fore!"
Maybe I'll be lucky enough to practice some between now and the next installment and can join in the fun next year.