CUMMING, Ga. — The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club has donated a large share of proceeds from its charity golf tournament to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
The $8,411 check was presented to Laurie Cole, community development officer at Children’s Healthcare Forsyth County.
The club’s 2019 charity golf tournament event was held this spring at Hampton Golf Village. Much of the tournament’s proceeds were also contributed to improving children’s community programs.
Optimist Club President Breda Basey said this marks eight years the group has partnered with Children’s Healthcare.
This year, Children’s Healthcare elected a young ambassador for the event. Ethan Daniels, young ambassador and patient at Children’s Healthcare, attended the tournament to represent the hospital and deliver a speech to participants.
He then proceeded to ride across the course in a golf cart and personally thank each golfer for their involvement.
“Ethan was able to cheer on the golfers at the event,” said Kelli Daniels, Ethan’s mother. “He was touched by their willingness to give their time and money for kids. The Optimist Club kept the total a secret until the check presentation. The kindness of complete strangers made it an emotional moment. They didn’t simply meet their goal; they blew it out of the water.”
Since its inception, the club has used this event as an opportunity to donate half of the proceeds to Children’s Healthcare while contributing the other half to their many programs throughout the year.
“The lovely members of the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club have hearts of gold,” Daniels said. “They have chosen to give their hearts and talents to make a difference in the lives of kids that need them the most. They do it without the attention they deserve. Forsyth County is blessed to have them.”