(Statham, Ga.) – The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia received a huge “hole in one” last Sunday when The Georgia Club Foundation presented the organization a check for $30,000 from its annual Celebrity Golf Tournament. More than 300 celebrities, golfers, and volunteers came together July 31 for The Georgia Club Foundation’s Third Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament benefitting both the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and the Foundation. The $30,000 donation from the event doubled last year’s contribution from the tournament.

Food Bank President John Becker accepted the donation at a check presentation on September 5. The proceeds were the result of the Tournament which also included a silent and live auction and the Yoculan Drop where former UGA Gymnastics Coach Suzanne Yoculan dropped more than 400 golf balls from a helicopter for the chance to win a golf trip.

“The Georgia Club Foundation, the members of the Club, and the participants of this tournament are a blessing to struggling families across Northeast Georgia and particularly in Barrow County,” says John Becker, President of the Food Bank. “To have a group of caring, capable and highly committed citizens working on the behalf of folks left behind in the current economy is to have the best of friends. We are honored to be part of this outreach. Over the years, this tournament has provided thousands of neighbors help in the face of despair.

This year, The Georgia Club Foundation has again made that commitment. The proceeds from this tournament feed thousands of families through the Mobile Pantry program, food pantries and other related outreaches. In addition, the Club cares for children, enabling them to come to school on Monday ready to work, because they were able to eat good nutritious meals over the weekend through the Food2Kids program.

This event is uniquely American and is the embodiment of caring for our neighbors. The participants live up to the ideals to which we all aspire. The Celebrity Golf Tournament is a wonderful blessing to Northeast Georgia. The Food Bank is grateful for the opportunity to feed the hungry on behalf of the Foundation, members, and tourney players. Thank you!”

Last year, the Tournament raised enough money to provide 60,000 meals through the Food Bank. This year, the majority of the Foundation’s contribution will go toward the Food Bank’s “Food 2 Kids” program.

The Georgia Club Foundation Chairman Bob Cullerton noted, “The Foundation actively seeks opportunities to support the members of our local community. By donating to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, we are able to directly impact the lives of the people we strive to serve through our work.”

About The Georgia Club Foundation, Inc.
The Georgia Club Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enrichment and outreach within The Georgia Club and the outside community. Its aim is to promote spiritual, cultural and intangible qualities of life.

Each year, The Georgia Club Foundation sponsors a series of major fundraisers including the Front Porch Foot Race, the Celebrity Golf Tournament and the Annual Tour of Homes. In addition to these fundraisers, the Foundation hosts a number of special events and activities including community worship services, Adopt-a-Family, blood drives, local food bank distribution, roadside trash pick-up and care packages to overseas soldiers. A number of beneficiaries are identified each year to receive funds from The Georgia Club Foundation including local school partners in education programs, high school scholarships, libraries, food banks, child and family service organizations, and many more.

For more details on The Georgia Club Foundation and its beneficiaries, please visit TheGeorgiaClubFoundation.com.

About The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia works toward ending hunger as part of an overall community effort to alleviate poverty in our community. The Food Bank partners with nearly 235 nonprofit agencies to distribute much needed food in the community.

The “Food 2 Kids” program targets the needs of hungry children by providing them with food on the weekends and evenings when other food is not available.

For more information on the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia please visit FoodBanknega.org.

About The Georgia Club
Featuring classic Southern architecture, generous green space and nostalgic streetscapes, The Georgia Club is a privately-owned golf community offering a 27-hole Denis Griffiths-designed championship golf course and an amenities village with swimming, tennis, and fitness. Conveniently located within 12 miles of Athens and less than 40 miles from metro Atlanta, a variety of home offerings are available to suit every lifestyle; priced from the $400,000's to over $1 million.

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