AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl and his wife, Brandy, have partnered with Children's Harbor for the second annual Fore the Children Golf Classic presented by Russell Lands and Alabama Power, with all proceeds benefitting the Bruce Pearl Family Foundation.
The golf tournament will be held on Monday, Oct. 5, at the Willow Point Golf and Country Club in Alexander City. There will also be a dinner and auction on Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Pearls’ home in Auburn.
"My wife Brandy and I are very excited about continuing the partnership we began last year 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 Classic has and will continue to help ease the burdens of many families in need."
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.
Last year’s highly-successful inaugural event raised $258,345 for Children’s Harbor.
"I am 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. Last year’s tournament was extremely successful, and we look forward to another great year.”
Over 4,000 campers with illnesses including cancer, spina bifida, autism and transplants will attend camp at Children's Harbor's lake campus free of charge each year.
There is also a family center at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham. Directly connected to the state-of-the-art hospital, the Children’s Harbor Family Center focuses on serving children and their families through activities and recreation, counseling, education, respite and other supportive services during and after hospitalization. All services are free and provided by a professional team.
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.
"Children's Harbor is a terrific organization that could not have a better friend and advocate than Bruce Pearl,” said Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs. “As the incredible success of last year’s tournament proved, Coach Pearl is a passionate man who cares deeply about people. His strong support of great causes like Children’s Harbor makes a difference in the lives of those who most need it. That is what Bruce is all about, and I could not be prouder than to have him serving as our head coach.”
For more information, contact Chad Prewett in the Auburn basketball office at firstname.lastname@example.org.