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POINT CLEAR – Children’s of Alabama will celebrate the 13th annual Tee Off Fore a Cure on March 9-10, with a weekend of Lucky 13-themed events designed to celebrate the long-running fundraiser and event honoree, Frances Grace Hirs. The pre-party will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the Lakewood Golf Club (1 Grand Blvd.). On Saturday morning, golfers will gather for the tournament and sixth annual Golf Ball Drop at The Lakewood Club’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
Admission to Friday’s pre-party is complimentary to participating golfers, donors, sponsors, volunteers and their guests. Admission for all other attendees is $25 per person and includes live music from the Bearded Spoon, heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by the Lakewood Golf Club. Pre-party guests can also bid on upscale silent auction items including prizes from coastal artists, travel and local businesses. More auction items will be announced on the event’s Facebook page as the event draws nearer.
Saturday’s golf tournament will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start and four-man scramble format. Lakewood members can register for $99 per golfer or $300 per team. Non-member registration fees are $200 per golfer and $800 per team.
Gracie’s “Lady Luck” Golf Ball Drop will take place immediately following the tournament. The first ball in or closest to the hole will win 25 percent of the proceeds, or as much as $5,000. Participants do not have to be present to win and anyone may purchase golf balls through the event website listed below.
The Lucky 13 theme honors the duration of success for the tournament, but also local cancer survivor and event honoree Frances Grace Hirs. As an 18-year-old Fairhope girl who has battled cancer for most of her life, Hirs first fought cancer as a toddler, and at 9 years old had a relapse. In February 2013, she was diagnosed for the third time with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). At age 13, Hirs received the bone marrow transplant that saved her life. Along with her parents and the Lakewood staff, Hirs has invested years into generating awareness and raising money to benefit children like her at the cancer clinic at Children's of Alabama, the state’s only freestanding pediatric medical facility.
Proceeds from Tee Off Fore a Cure benefit the Alabama Centers for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders (ACCCBD) at Children's of Alabama. For more details or to register for the golf tournament contact Kerrie Benson, Children's development associate, at 251-610-4969, or visit give.childrensal.org/teeoff.
Over the past 13 years, Tee Off Fore a Cure has raised more than $950,000 for cancer research at Children's. Children from Mobile and Baldwin counties made more than 2,000 visits to the hospital last year. Over 90 percent of all Alabama pediatric cancer patients are treated at Children's of Alabama.
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at childrensal.org.