Fundraiser will benefit St. Jude's and Crusade for Children

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By Candis Carpenter

What began as a softball team reunion in 2006 has evolved into an annual fundraiser event for St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Crusade for Children.   
Event coordinator Tommy “Chief” Locke said the idea stemmed after the first ever softball reunion held at Sportsman’s Lake. After about 25 years of coaching men’s softball teams, Locke found it appropriate to hold a reunion of sorts to get everyone and their families together in one place.
“About 200 people showed up” to the event said Locke, “that was more than I expected”.  
“After the reunion several of the guys mentioned that we should have got together earlier and played a round of golf” said Locke, “So a bunch of us got to thinking that for the next reunion we should have a golf scramble to raise money for charity.”
 After taking a year off, planning the next reunion – a golf scramble, was in full swing. In 2008 Locke along with several others began the process of scheduling the event, planning, preparing and collecting donations.
 “It’s hard to prepare for” said Locke, “I knew the majority of my old teams would play and I just hoped for the best.”
The event was a success, raising $2,200 in the first year with 10 golf teams.
Since then, the event has been held annually at LaRue County Golf Course.
Last year the event raised $2,600 for charity with 15 teams, down from the $3,900 it raised in 2009.
 “I guess last year just really bothered me,” said Locke of the drop in funds, “I’ve worked extra hard along with several others to make this year a success... I really think this year will be the best ever.”
The fundraiser event will begin 11 a.m. Oct. 22 with registration for the golf scramble at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $200 per team or $50 per player. The cornhole tournament will begin at 5 p.m. with sign-in at 4 p.m. The cost is $20 per team. A charity auction will begin at 5 p.m. All events will be held at the LaRue County Golf Course and are open to the public.
A pork barbecue dinner, cooked by annual volunteer Don Osborne, will be served 4-6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 each.
For more information or to purchase dinner tickets, contact Locke at 358-3710 or 763-7178.