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Mission Accomplished: Golf Raises $30,000

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Children, special athletes and victims of abuse were the big winners at Family Trust’s ninth annual golf tournament Tuesday at the Rock Hill Country Club.

Thirty-three teams and numerous sponsors helped us raise more than $30,000 for Safe Passage, the Palmetto School the S.C. Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

“It’s amazing this many people from the community are willing to have fun for a good cause,” said Jada Charley, executive director of Safe Passage.

Safe Passage provides shelter for victims of domestic abuse and accompanies victims of sexual abuse to hospitals. It will use proceeds to help buy new recording equipment to conduct forensic interviews for law enforcement with abused children.

The Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home will use proceeds to offer more services at students who are neglected or homeless. The school, which can serve 36 students a day, is growing. Tournament money will help hire an instructional coach, an instructional assistant and an interventionist, said Hugh Wilson, principal.

“Our kids are broken and we provide a process for mending their lives,” he said, adding the students often are behind because of truancy and other issues. “We show them what it means to be a successful student.”

The tournament will add to the $30,000 goal set by the S.C. Law Enforcement Torch Run for 2016, said Detective Phil Tripp with the Rock Hill Police Department. The money helps athletes compete across the state, the nation and the world. Locally, athletes from York, Chester and Lancaster counties compete in the Area 11 Special Olympics at Cherry Park.

“The money is used for travel, food and equipment – anything that is needed,” he said. “Competing helps them gain confidence and grow in their abilities.”

Platinum sponsors were J.M.Cope and Williams & Fudge; gold sponsors were Burns-Fazzi Brock, Visa, and Cuna Mutual Group; silver sponsors were Climer Wealth Management, Comporium, EW Process, the Salon at Merle Norman, Shred-it and Source 4. A car for a hole-in-one was provided by Fort Mill Ford. Food was provided by Chick-Fil-A and Texas Roadhouse; WRHI covered the event on its Straight Talk show.

The tournament also featured more than 80 hole sponsors and over 85 raffle items.

“We greatly appreciate Family Trust for supporting us and for what they do for the community,” said Wilson of the Palmetto School. “If we didn’t have funds coming from this, we wouldn’t be able to offer our services.”