Golfers will tee it up at the Second Annual Swing Fore A Child’s Place golf tournament May 13, helping make it possible for Charlotte area homeless children to attend summer camp. The event, held at River Run Country Club in Davidson, includes a buffet lunch, golf, prizes, raffles and dinner, with all funds raised going directly to A Child’s Place for its summer camp for homeless children, called My Place.
Tee-off time is 1 p.m. A buffet lunch in the clubhouse opens at noon. Registration is $250 per player, or $800 per foursome, at http://swingfore2013.eventbrite.com. In addition to tournament contests, players will also have the chance to vie for exciting raffle prizes, such as tickets to a Duke basketball game with a behind-the-scenes tour of Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Proceeds from the tournament will help fund the My Place summer camp program for homeless children run by the nonprofit A Child’s Place of Charlotte, Inc. The 8-week enrichment camp provides homeless children in Mecklenburg County with academic tutoring, swimming lessons, field trips, and daily hot lunches and breakfasts. My Place has proven to be a powerful program, enabling 97 percent of campers to maintain or boosted their reading skills to grade level, and 96 percent to meet grade-level goals in math.
In 2011, A Child’s Place invited 100 homeless children to participate in My Place. After seeing the huge need and the phenomenal impact of the program, several supporters of A Child’s Place decided to try to raise the funds needed to offer a third camp location to accommodate 50 more children. Last April, the inaugural Swing Fore A Child’s Place tournament raised more than $70,000, making it possible for My Place to expand to 150 children. Tournament organizers are committed to reaching that goal again this April.
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