Despite strong storms rolling through and an ongoing threat of severe weather, the clouds parted and celebrities gathered for another successful Christmas 4 Kids Celebrity Golf Tournament on Tuesday, April 29, at Pine Creek Golf Course in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Now in its fourth year, a full flight of 30 golf teams were paired with celebrities including music’s Tracy Lawrence, Jan Howard, Eric Heatherly, George Ducas, Lucas Hoge, Lisa Matassa, Matt Gary, Del Gray of Little Texas, Mark and Jason Sutton of Brother Trouble, Dave Rowland of Dave & Sugar fame, "The Bachelorette’s" Ty Brown, Jackson Delaney, Jesse Keith Whitley, Mitch Goudy, Sherry Lynn, Brandon Blackstock and songwriter Wood Newton, as well as TV personalities Kelly Sutton (ZUUS Country) and Bob Sellers (Fox 17).
Additionally, WSM announcer and radio host Mike Terry, Ms. Senior America Carolyn Corlew and famed international comic-strip artist and writer Guy Gilchrist also were on hand, as were Erin Como and Jennifer Waddell of Fox 17. Moreover, this year’s tournament was co-hosted by the award-winning bluegrass duo The Roys, who have served as co-hosts the tournament since its inception during the past four years, along with Stacy McCloud of GAC.
“Each year, things just get better and bigger,” said Linda O’Connell, president of Christmas 4 Kids, in a May 1 email with Examiner. “This year, we had a $25,000 hole-in-one prize for the taking. While no one left with the cash, what every golfer got in return was the joy of being able to provide a great Christmas for a whole bunch of middle Tennessee children this coming season. That’s a feeling that money just can't buy.”
Christmas 4 Kids fundraising efforts will continue throughout the year, with the annual Christmas 4 Kids Charity Concert at the Ryman on Nov.24 and the Dec. 15 Tour Bus event.
For more information on Christmas 4 Kids, please visit christmas4kids.org.
About Christmas 4 Kids
For more than 20 years, Christmas 4 Kids has provided children in the Nashville area with the chance to experience the joys of Christmas. Last year, Christmas 4 Kids was able to provide 400-plus children with a ride on a celebrity tour bus, a party with Santa and Mrs. Claus, money to spend on gifts for themselves and others at a local Wal-Mart and a new winter coat.
Proceeds from this year’s Celebrity Golf Tournament and other events throughout the year, such as the annual Charity Concert at the Ryman and Tour Bus Show, will go to make this a reality again in December 2014.