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JCPD teams up with local Special Olympics for golf fundraiser

Becky Campbell • Jul 14, 2019 at 8:01 PM

Golf lovers may not need a reason to get on the course, but an tournament to raise money for Special Olympics is probably a pretty good one and there’s one coming up later this month.

It’s the fourth annual Johnson City Police Department/Special Olympics golf tournament, scheduled for July 27 at the Elizabethton Golf Course. JCPD officers volunteer their time to conduct two fundraisers for local Special Olympics. One is the Torch Run T-shirt sales and the second is the golf tournament.

“This is our version of a fundraiser to give money to Special Olympics athletes from Area 3. We take the money from the golf tournament and put that together with the T-shirts we sell for the Torch Run. We put that money together and we give it all of it to Area 3 Special Olympics at the end of the season,” said JCPD Officer Brittney Eberhardt.

“Their program is nonprofit, but it’s free to all athletes. The only way to do that is through donations,” she said. Eberhardt organizes the annual Torch Run, which leads up to the start of the local games and Lt. Lorrie Goff and Officer Tony Ward organize the golf tournament, she said. “We work together throughout the year on Special Olympics events.”

Eberhardt said in the three previous years the tournament has raised more than $8,000 for Special Olympics. With the Torch Run T-shirt sales, the pot of money will start with $1,500 and organizers hope to have several thousand from the golf tournament.

“We’re hoping it will be the biggest donation,” we’ve had, Eberhardt said.

About the tournament:

  • July 27 at Elizabethton Golf Course.
  • Begins at 8 a.m. shotgun start/select shot.
  • Cost is $50 per player and $200 per team.
  • Mullligans included in entry fee.
  • Prizes for 1st-3rd place teams in two flights, closest to the pin on all par 3’s, long drive contest for women, men and seniors.
  • Door prizes.
  • Lunch will be provided.

For more information, email Goff at [email protected] or Ward at [email protected].

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