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Family Trust Tournament Scores for Kids

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Chris Landreth of STR Mechanical might have won a golf resort trip for his hole-in-one at Family Trust’s 7th annual golf tournament, but children in York County were the big winners.

One-hundred thirty two players on 33 teams helped raise over $31,000 during the tournament Tuesday at the Rock Hill Country Club for the Children’s Attention Home, the Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home and the Boys and Girls Clubs of York County.

“This tournament is done with the right heart,” said David Carriker, executive director of the boys and Girls Clubs that has five after-school programs across York County that teach character and leadership, health and life skills, art, sports and fitness, education and career development. “Family Trust values our kids and wants to make sure they grow up healthy and strong.”

The Boys and Girls Clubs will use the proceeds to provide scholarships for school children to attend their summer camps. “These kids will be safe and having fun and learning things in the process to get them ready for the next school year,” said Carriker.

Likewise, the Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home will use the money for a new summer program they’re conducting in conjunction with Pilgrims’ Inn, said Dr. Hugh Wilson, Palmetto School principal. During June and July, about 50 children in kindergarten through eighth grade will spend their mornings on academics and their afternoon in enrichment programs.

The Children’s Attention Home, which provides residential services for children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, will use the money for basic needs like clothing, toiletries and shoes.

The home, which can house up to 42 children, is at full capacity and seeing children stay longer than in the past, said Debra Eident, executive director. “Costs continue to go up.”
Being a recipient of the tournament is humbling, she said. “The community really understands that the children need their help. We would not be able to exist without it.”

Sponsors included Williams and Fudge, J.M. Cope Builders, CUNA Mutual Group, The Pump House Restaurant, STR Mechanical and more. A car for a hole-in-one was provided by Fort Mill Ford, and WRHI covered the event on its “Straight Talk” show.

More than 45 raffle prizes were provided by 30 individuals and companies. Breakfast was provided by Chick-Fil-A on Dave Lyle Boulevard. Beverages were provided by Coca-Cola of Rock Hill.

See more photos from our charity golf tournament on Facebook.