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Golfing to Improve Health Care


24th Annual CMH Foundation Golf Classic Nets more than $15,000

VCU Health Home Health & Hospice and the new CMH Family Dental Clinic were the big winners at the 24th annual CMH Foundation Golf Classic held May 8th. Those two services of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital were the designated beneficiaries for the proceeds of the tourney held at the Lake Gaston Golf Club.

“The tourney netted a fantastic $15,325.25 that will be split evenly between Home Health & Hospice and the new, still to be completed, CMH Family Dental Clinic,” said Ken Kurz, director of the CMH Foundation and chair of the golf committee.

CMH Hospice provides compassionate, professional, comfort care for persons with an advanced (progressive) life-limiting illness and CMH Home Health Care provides needed medical services to patients in the comfort and privacy of their own homes.

“Obviously, as with all charity golf tournaments, besides our players, sponsors were the key,” according to Kurz.

“So much of what we can do is because of people and businesses backing us,” he said. “Compass One Healthcare was a Golf Level sponsor and JLL was our hole in one sponsor. We had five corporate level sponsors, All Star Recruiting, Boyd’s auto dealerships combined: Boyd Honda, Boy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Boyd Chevrolet of Emporia, Networking Technologies + Support, the Town of South Hill and USA Radiology Management. First Citizens was our Proximity Prize Sponsor. ”

Other sponsors included: Benchmark Bank, Biggs Construction, Brian’s Steak House, Butts & Butts Attorneys At Law, CAPTRUST Direct, Citizens Bank & Trust, Commonwealth Exterminators, G&E Tire, Green Acres Landscaping. Lake Gaston Golf Club, Jeremy Lynch/Edward Jones, Mecklenburg Electric, Parrish Trucking/Parrish Farms, Pecht Distributors, Bill Solari & Ray Pittman, Southside Electric Cooperative, Touchstone Bank, Virginia/Carolina Appraisal and Vulcan Materials.

The Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, Chase City Chamber of Commerce, Clarksville Chamber of Commerce and South Hill Chamber of Commerce were the refreshment sponsors, with help from Pepsi and Pecht Distributors.

Kurz added, “The winners of our team flight prizes all donated their winnings back to the organization.  As far as I know, that is the first time all winners returned their winnings to support us. That was very generous of all those folks.”

Winning the overall tournament was the Parrish Farms & Parrish Trucking team from Lunenburg County with an unbelievable 26 under par 46, according to Kurz. That team consisted of (L to R) Sam Bacon, Ryan Parrish , Chip Parrish  and Chuck Parrish. They won in a card playoff with Brian’s Steak House team of Collin Wells, Tyler Moseley, John Bantley and Steve High.

In the B Flight, the Poplar Point team of Bobby Thompson, Chad Barbour, Buck Johnson and Kevin Clary was first with a 58 and Vulcan Materials’ team of Mike Carter, Charlie Gurrant, Bruce Settle and Elmer Gravitt finished second.

The Commonwealth Exterminator team of Rodney Elmore, Mike Zembower, Ricky Elmore and Austin Elmore donated their 18th place winnings back as well.

“For the past 24 years the people and businesses of Southside Virginia and Northern North Carolina have help us make a difference for those we serve,” Kurz said. “”We are just blessed to have the continued support of so many here.”

Plans are already started for the Silver Anniversary Tournament scheduled for next May 6th at the Lake Gaston Golf Club, according to Kurz.

“We are looking to make the 25th time something truly special, so anyone interested can contact us for details,” he said. “We will be reaching out to businesses that have helped us in the past and new possible sponsors as well.”