Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl and his wife, Brandy, have partnered with Children's Harbor for the inaugural Fore the Children golf tournament presented by Russell Lands, with all proceeds benefitting Children's Harbor and its partners.
"My wife Brandy and I are very excited about starting a new partnership with Children's Harbor," Pearl said. "Helping children and their families with serious illnesses is something very near and dear to our hearts and something that we have a great passion for. It is my hope that our Fore the Children golf tournament can help ease the burdens of many families in need."
The golf tournament will be held on Monday, Oct. 27, at the Willow Point Golf and Country Club in Alexander City. There will also be a dinner and auction on Sunday, Oct. 26 at coach Pearl's home in Auburn.
The cost for the event is $5,000 for a foursome and $10,000 for a major sponsor. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact Chad Prewett (firstname.lastname@example.org / 334-844-9760) in the Auburn basketball offices.
Children's Harbor's mission is to help children with serious illnesses and their families. This is done at both the Lake Martin campus and the Birmingham Family Center. The 66-acre lake campus provides no cost camping facilities to over 23 different non-profit organizations. The Family Center at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children offers seriously ill children and their families free counseling for everyone involved, education services and tutoring, scheduled activities, an exercise room, a library, salon, laundry facilities and much more.
"I was very impressed with Coach Pearl's commitment to helping the families we serve," Myrle Grate, Chief Operating Officer for Children's Harbor said. "He uses his celebrity clout to raise awareness and support for our ministry. Children's Harbor is grateful for his generous support."
Over 5,000 campers with illnesses including cancer, spina bifida, autism and transplants will attend camp at Children's Harbor's lake campus.
When a family receives a life altering diagnosis their entire world is changed. For a parent, camp provides a place to slow down from doctor's appointments; a time to receive training from experts and connect with other families experiencing the same difficulties that they face. For children, camp is a place where they no longer stand out because of their illness. They are not stared at because of their disfiguring burns, or everyone has to take shots with their meals. These campers are surrounded by others who are just like them; kids who are facing the same prognosis, who have to take the same medications, and who may have their same limitations. These campers are no longer worried about their illness, their prognosis and how it makes them stand out; these campers come to Children's Harbor to be children again.
"It's great to see Bruce get involved with Children's Harbor by sponsoring their charity golf tournament," Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said. "Bruce is a passionate and caring man, and Children's Harbor could not have a better advocate for their great cause. I am always excited to see our coaches get involved with community service, and Children's Harbor is a terrific organization."