Tee Off For Kids raises thousands

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — Several hundred golfers across the Wiregrass raised their clubs - and a lot of money - for children in need.

Thursday morning Highland Oaks Golf Course hosted the 23rd Annual "Tee Off For Kids" Golf Tournament. It’s a fundraiser for the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center.

More than 200 golfers competed in the tournament. HomeTown Lenders sponsored a $10,000 “Helicopter Golf Ball Drop.” A putting contest was sponsored by Rep. Paul Lee, and lunch was provided by Texas Roadhouse.

All money raised provides therapy services for abused children.

"Last year, we saw 444 children at our Center with allegations of abuse and that's a large number,” said Sheryl Walker, Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center. “We also provide parenting classes, school-based prevention programs, so we're really out there trying to educate."

The Center raised more than $90,000 from the golf tournament.

Presenting Sponsors of the tournament were Herndon Shell Food Marts/Checkers. Platinum Sponsors were D.A. Pat Jones and D.A. Kirke Adams. Gold Sponsor was Motiva Enterprises. Contests during play included: Closest To The Pin, sponsored by Buffalo Rock Co.; Hole-In-One, sponsored by Bojangles; and Longest Drive, sponsored by Tom West Company.

The Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center was established in 1991 as a private 501 (c) 3 non-profit agency and is governed by a Board of Directors. The mission of the CAC is to serve as advocates for children and to reduce the trauma and anxiety for child victims of severe physical and sexual abuse.