The UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill played host Thursday morning to the 28th annual Carolina Kids Classic Charity Golf Tournament
In all, $93,000 was raised for the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.
A wide variety of local residents and donors joined together with sports figures such as UNC head football coach Larry Fedora and head men’s lacrosse coach Joe Breschi to celebrate a worthy cause.
Founded by the legendary voice of the Tar Heels, Woody Durham, and Greensboro businessman Mike Haley, the tournament has raised over $3.6 million for the charity since its inception in 1988.
The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill is the only one that serves families from all 100 counties in North Carolina. It functions as a home-away-from-home for seriously ill or injured children and their families.
Two former All-Americans on the basketball court–Antawn Jamison and Sean May–also participated in the event.
For Durham, it was his first public appearance since announcing last week that he has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia–a neurocognitive disorder that affects his language expression.
The 74-year-old appeared in front of the crowd to help present the giant check to the Ronald McDonald House, but did not get on the microphone.
Instead, that job was left to the boisterous and lively Fedora, who led off by apologizing for the absence of head men’s basketball coach–and avid golfer–Roy Williams due to his recent knee surgery.
Sporting a five o’clock shadow surely earned from all his offseason preparations, Fedora then went on to thank everyone for showing up and taking part in the event and all it stands for.
He was the only “celebrity” in attendance who did not actually golf, however, since he had responsibilities with the summer football camps being held on campus shortly after.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/carolina-kids-classic-golf-tournament-raises-93000
The 26th annual Carolina Kids Classic featured former Carolina basketball stars, Head Football Coach Larry Fedora and of course, charity tournament founder Woody Durham teeing it up for a great cause beneath beautiful Carolina blue skies at the UNC Finley Golf Course Tuesday.
“He looked at me and he said, ‘Woody, let’s put on a golf tournament.’ So that’s what we did,” Durham says.
Durham, along with Greensboro businessman, Mike Haley, developed the Carolina Kids Classic golf tournament while serving together on the Ronald McDonald House’s board of directors in the 1980’s.
Durham says the tournament hasn’t changed all that much through the years.
“I think the same flavor is still here. It’s good. Last year, we pushed closer to the $3.5 million mark. It’s doing what it ought to do,” Durham says.
To date, the charity tournament has raised more than $3.5 million for children’s charities. This year, proceeds benefited N.C. Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.
The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill provides a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill or injured children being treated at N.C. Children’s Hospital.
Before the shotgun start to the tournament, a $120,000 check was presented on the driving range, where former Tar Heel standouts Sean May and Jawad Williams were still squeezing in a few last-minute practice swings.
Coach Fedora was out walking the fairways Tuesday at Finley. He says he’s enjoyed getting to know the famous tournament co-founder in his time here in Chapel Hill.
“I’m fortunate to have got to know the legend and be around Woody. I understand Woody started this event. It’s just a tremendous thing. And to have Woody backing it, it means probably more to them than anything,” Coach Fedora says.
Former Carolina basketball star and NBA veteran Antawn Jamison was all smiles at the event. He says he’s always happy to come back and support this event with such a great cause in a community he loves.
“It’s for a good cause. That’s the most important thing. They do so much for the kids. For me to have my name attached to that to bring some awareness to what they’re doing and all the positive things they’re doing for our kids, that’s the most important thing,” Jamison says.
Jamison says he’s always surprised at how much changes in Chapel Hill between visits. He says he went to a brand new restaurant Monday night with his wife.
But he says he always enjoys his time back at the site of so many warm memories and is excited to bring his kids back later in the summer for camp.
“To see familiar faces, reminisce of my time here, and just really coming back. I’ve got a camp here coming up next month. The kids will here, so they get an opportunity to see where dad went to college,” Jamison says.
Susan Dillingham, a tournament volunteer and 1977 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, says she’s happy to be back for a second year at the tournament.
“I’m really proud to be out here as a volunteer. It’s just a great, fun day to see people come out, have fun, and give to the great causes we have out here,” Dillingham says.
As for the tournament founder’s golf game these days? Durham says he’s not too satisfied.
“I used to play pretty good – not great, but pretty good. I can’t get it back to where it was. I’ve turned a lot of calendars page-by-page since I was pretty good. But I’m trying to get back there,” Durham says.
Hopefully, Durham and the rest of the community members will have plenty more years to work on their games and give back in this yearly event that has become an important Chapel Hill tradition.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/woody-durhams-carolina-kids-classic-charitable-star-studded
CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Board of Trustees appointed new members to the serve on the UNC Board of Visitors, an active volunteer group at the University. The new members come from alumni and friends who will participate in a 175-member board that actively assists the Chancellor and Board of Trustees with activities ranging from marketing and recruiting to fundraising.
Members of the Board of Visitors also serve as ambassadors between the school and their communities informing both about what is going on. The members serve four-year terms, and every year as members rotate off, new ones are elected. This year, Patty Hill and William Moore of Chapel Hill have been selected to serve on the Board of Visitors from the Orange County area. Beginning July 1, the members will take their spot on the Board chaired by Dr. Michael Zollicoffer of Baltimore.
Thursday, the Carolina Kids Classic celebrates its 25th anniversary of the CKC golf tournament. Since its inception in 1988, the Carolina Kids Classic has raised more than three million dollars to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. Proceeds from the Golf Tournament go towards helping these programs.
The Golf tournament takes place at Finely Golf Course with top-name participants including: UNC Basketball coach Roy Williams, UNC Football Coach Larry Fedora, Former UNC basketball star Phil Ford, Co-founder of CKC Woody Durham, and a 14-year old patient from the N.C Children’s Hospital.
For more information on the Tournament contact Danielle Bates at email@example.com, or for more information on the Ronald McDonald House visit www.rmh-chapelhill.org and NC Children’s Hospital visit www.ncchildrenshospital.org.
Deputy Fire Chief Matt Lawrence has received an award for Outstanding Leadership from North Carolina Safe Kids. Chief Lawrence served as the Orange Chapter of Safe Kids Chairperson and worked to improve the program in the area. He kept the coalition between the fire department and Safe Kids going while also coordinating the first Orange County Summer Safety Event.
Chief Lawrence dedicated much of his career to improving safety for all citizens and is honored by this award for his work and effort. Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries to children, the number one killer of kids.
For more information on Safe Kids visit www.safekids.org.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/unc-board-of-visitors-carolina-kids-classic-chfd-deputy-chief-outstanding-leadership