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Golfers raise $711,229 for Children’s Fund

The Children’s Charity Golf Classic, which celebrates its 27th anniversary of helping children in the Bluegrass, raised $711,229 at this weekend’s tournament.

Fifty teams competed in the event which was held at two courses at the Greenbrier Country Club and the Andover Country Club, said spokeswoman Ruth Ann Childers.

Celebrity competitors included former professional baseball player Johnny Bench.

This weekend’s winning team was the Bluegrass Family Health team led by actress Maggie Cameron, Jim Fritz, Jeff Truitt, Briggs Cochran, and Bud Carr.

The money raised will go to different children’s charities in Central Kentucky.

The all-volunteer Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass was founded in 1981 to help provide money for the Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass, an agency that helps children ages 1 to 5 with disabilities.

Since then, the group has raised $7.3 million for children’s charities.

Last year’s proceeds from the tournament will benefit 31 charities that are estimated to help 300,000 children.

The all-time record for money raised was $1.1 million in 2005.

In 2003, the tournament grew to include an entire week of entertainment, including a Kids’ Jamboree and a musical event on Thursday evening.

If you want to get involved in next year’s event, call Jim Richardson at 455-5251.