Thousands of dollars were raised for charity as thousands of strokes were taken during the CEENTAcares Classic Golf Tournament Saturday at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation.
CEENTAcares – Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.’s charitable branch – is raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing Alzheimer’s research and providing care and support for everyone affected by the disease.
About $25,000 was raised at the golf tournament, CEENTAcares Committee Member Kelsey Hartman said. Money was raised through player signups, fundraising at the tournament, and sponsorships from 27 businesses and individuals. Platinum sponsors were Jason’s Deli, OOGP, Essilor, and Johnston Allison & Hord.
About 60 golfers in teams of three or four players attended the tournament, Ms. Hartman said. Most of the players were CEENTA doctors and vendors, including contact lens and optical dealers. The team from contact lens vendor OOGP won the tournament, with the Davis Delivery team coming in second, CEENTAcares Committee Member Bruce Marshman said.
At the end of the tournament, Alzheimer’s Association Board President Maggie Norris thanked everyone for their participation and help raising money.
To date, about $30,000 has been raised for the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition to the golf tournament, CEENTAcares has raffles and denim days – where CEENTA employees pay to wear jeans to work on special occasions – to raise funds for the Association. All the funds raised in 2016 will be presented to the Alzheimer’s Association at the end of the year.
Each year CEENTAcares becomes an active partner in service projects that will make a difference in the community. In previous years CEENTAcares has raised money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Wounded Warrior Project, and A Child’s Place.
Photos from the tournament can be found in the album on CEENTA's Facebook page.