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Rotary Club of Brookhaven hosts golf tournament
by Bridgette Bonner
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May 08, 2013 11:30 AM | 969 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Rotary Club of Brookhaven will host its third annual “Service Above Self Invitational” Monday at the Cherokee Country Club.

The tournament will include 140 golfers in teams of four or individual, and will have two 18-hole courses.

Registration is $500 per person, and there are still spots available.

“Each foursome has the opportunity to win the tournament and prizes for other competitions like longest drive or hole-in-one contests,” said Rotary Club of Brookhaven President Tom Hughes.

The event has thus far raised more than $130,000 for the SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center to support soldiers, Hughes said. The cost of supporting one soldier is $30,000.

“We have retired military members in our club, and the Shepherd Center fit our community aspirations to give back,” Hughes said.

Club member Jon Roxland said the group decided to support the SHARE initiative after hearing a Shepherd Center employee speak at one of their meetings a few years ago. Giving back to the military is something they feel strongly about, he said.

“About four years ago, the club was looking for opportunities to create fundraisers and give back,” Hughes said.

“Our club did golf tournaments in the past and we looked at doing it again as a platform for giving.

We looked at different connections within our club, and having a member who works at the Shepherd Center makes this fit.”

The initiative is a rehabilitation program for service members who have traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder from the Afghanistan and Iraqi conflicts.

It offers service for free, according to club member and Shepherd Center staff Alana Shepherd, and relies on donations.

“The support the Rotary Club of Brookhaven has shown through its [golf tournament] enables us to provide the care and assistance our service members need to return to an active lifestyle,” Shepherd said.

Magellan Health Services will be the headline sponsor, as in the previous two years.

Sponsorships are still available, and the club is accepting teams of four and individual players for the tournament.

For more information or to register, contact Jon Roxland at (404) 350-7314.
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