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Provide hope through golf sponsorship

Imagine being pulled from your bed in the middle of night and taken from home wearing only your pajamas. Now imagine that you’re only 3 years old. That’s a regular occurrence for children before they’re brought to the Children’s Attention Home in Rock Hill, one of three non-profits that will receive proceeds from our annual Charity Golf Tournament.

The Attention Home opened in 1970 and has provided food, clothing, shelter, counseling, medical, dental, recreation and spiritual services to over 7,000 abused, abandoned and neglected children. Of the 36 children there now, 10 are under the age of five.

Other tournament recipients will be the Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of York County. The school serves children at the Attention Home, and the Boys & Girls Clubs provides after-school programs and spring and summer camps in Rock Hill and Fort Mill.

The tournament begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Tega Cay Golf Club at 15083 Molokai Drive. The individual player fee is $100, which includes cart, green fees, a gift bag, breakfast, beverages on the course and lunch after the tournament. Register here by May 3.

But our biggest need now is donations from generous sponsors.

Tournament sponsorships start at $1,000 and include free registration for a foursome. Hole sponsorships start at $100.

“Your support of our mission allows the Children’s Attention Home to expose our children to opportunities to help them cope and succeed in life, while empowering them to shape their own futures and improve the world around them,” said Rebecca Melton, executive director.

Likewise, the Boys & Girls Clubs helps prepare children for the future, said David Carriker, chief professional officer. Established in 1992, activities at the Boys & Girls Club of York County support school requirements for each grade level. They also teach character and leadership, health and life skills, art, sports and fitness, education and career development.

Tournament proceeds will go toward the summer camp, which helps prevent kids from experiencing the “summer slide.” The effects of “the slide” are worse for low-income children and are cumulative, which means by the time some students reach ninth or tenth grade, they can be several years behind, experts say.

Please join our platinum sponsors, Williams & Fudge and J.M. Cope and help a child. In-kind sponsors include Comporium, CN2, WRHI, Fort Mill Ford.

Click here for more information or contact Doug Cole at 803-367-4123.