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LOCAL CANCER HERO INSPIRES GOLFERS, BIDDERS, RUNNERS AND TENNIS PLAYERS TO “TEE OFF FORE A CURE” MARCH 11 & 12
Date
05/31/2012
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POINT CLEAR (Feb 1, 2011) - The sixth-annual "Tee Off Fore a Cure" golf tournament at Lakewood Golf Club (1 Grand Blvd Point Clear) will be held on Friday, March 11, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.

This year's event to help raise funds to fight childhood cancer begins with a pre-tournament party at the club. Guests will have the chance to meet former New Orleans Saints football players, listen to live music from Bryant Gilley, enjoy food and wine, and bid on items in a silent auction, including trips across the U.S. and sports memorabilia.

To register for the pre-party, tennis, golf tournament or run, please contact Kerrie Benson, Children's Hospital development associate, in Mobile at 251-610-4969.

The events are held in honor of Frances Grace Hirs, 11, of Fairhope, who has been the inspiration of this event for the past six years for a simple reason - she is a hero. She fought cancer once as a toddler. Now she has relapsed and is fighting her leukemia again. She, along with her parents and the staff at Lakewood are raising money and awareness for the cancer clinic at Children's Hospital of Alabama.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, "Gracie's Run" will get runners/walkers going with a 5K run and 1-mile fun run around the lake at the Colony. Local schools are getting involved by purchasing T-shirts to wear to the walk to support Frances Grace, who will be the mistress of ceremonies. At 10:30 a.m., celebrity instructor Ron Gring, one of Golf Digest's Top 100 Instructors, will host a free golf clinic before the 11 a.m. shotgun start. Fees are $200 per golfer or $800 per team and include a $50 Calloway gift certificate, Ruth's Chris gift card, lunch and a few more surprises for each player.

The day rounds out with a tennis scramble at noon. Registration is $50 and includes entry to the pre-party. All proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.

Over the past 5 years, "Tee Off Fore A Cure" has raised more than $160,000 for cancer research at Children's. Children from Mobile and Baldwin Counties made more than 1,500 visits to Children's Hospital in 2008 and 95 percent of all Alabama pediatric cancer patients are treated at Children's.


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Contact: KERRIE BENSON, 251/610-4969 (Kerrie.benson@chsys.org)