Tourney raises $700,000 for kids

Sports celebrities and local duffers helped to raise $700,000 in cash and in-kind contributions last weekend at the 28th annual Children's Charity Golf Classic in Lexington.

More than 200 golfers, including celebrities such as Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Johnny Bench and former University of Kentucky basketball All-American Kyle Macy, took part in the annual event benefiting the Children's Charity Fund of the Bluegrass.

They played 36 holes over two days at Greenbrier Golf and Country Club and Andover Country Club.

The proceeds go to more than 20 children's charities in Central Kentucky. More than 400 volunteers help to put on the event, spokeswoman Ruth Ann Childers said.

”People realize their money is going directly to help children,“ she said.

On June 16, the tournament kicked off the week by doling out checks totaling $393,658 to the charities from last year's fund-raising effort, Childers said. Last year's overall fund-raising effort totaled $711,000 in cash and in-kind donations, she said.

The Children's Charity Fund of the Bluegrass was founded in 1981 to help provide money for the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, which provides a full range of services for children from birth to age 5 who have disabilities.