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Dawn of Hope Classic

August 18th, 2014 5:20 pm by Staff Report

Dawn of Hope Classic

Dawn of Hope service recipient Bud, left, with Shannon Haney, director of operations, set up for a ceremonial tee shot.

The 28th annual Dawn of Hope Golf Classic raised more than $32,000 for Dawn of Hope’s developmental, residential and vocational programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the tournament was held Aug. 4 at the Johnson City Country Club. Its morning and afternoon tee-offs were led with ceremonial shots by Bud and Ralph, two of Dawn of Hope’s 210 service recipients.
Prizes for 1st place in each flight were awarded to Russell Sikora and Josh Ruff, Rocky Stump and David Ford, Tommy Tipton and Corey Paulson, and Karel Elbers and Cindy Carden. Prizes for the tournament’s putting contest, longest drive, closest to the pin and closest to the line were awarded to Steve Carter and Darren Adams, Jerry Cole, Randy Gorzka and Chris Lowe, respectively. All tournament participants received a commemorative polo shirt and a bag of goodies.
Morning players were treated to a breakfast of chicken biscuits, fresh fruit and cinnamon clusters provided by Chick-fil-A of Elizabethton. Afternoon players were served a hearty lunch of grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, mushrooms, cheesecake and carrot cake provided by Outback Steakhouse of Johnson City. Honey Hot Dogs, a traditional favorite for the tournament’s participants, were served throughout the day. Complimentary beverages were provided by Cherokee Distributing Company and Pepsi Bottling Group.
Organizers expressed thanks to more than 78 tournament sponsors, 106 players and 50 volunteers who helped to make the benefit a success.
For information on how to make a difference in the lives of Dawn of Hope service recipients, contact Lisa Pawley at 722-1689 or

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