Children's Hospital Classic raises more than $120,000   

From Staff Reports

  With the dream of building a new children's hospital and using Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia as the theme, the 13th Annual Children's Hospital Classic held last week was able to raise more than $120,000.
  Organizers of the event said they were pleased and rather surprised with the amount of money raised through the tournament.
   "I was overwhelmed to see this much enthusiasm for the classic this year," Classic Committee Co-Chairman Bob Rutherford said after the event. "We were really holding this as a thank you to the community and those who support us. After setting so many records last year, it is amazing to see such strong outpouring again this year."
  But scores of sponsors signed on with the Classic and gave time, money and donations.
  The event began June 6 with a pig-picking dinner and entertainment held at The Ridges Country Club. The 18-hole tournament began the next morning at The Ridges Golf Course with 132 players.
  The Classic is considered one of the oldest and largest golf events in the area.
  "It was wonderful," Classic Committee Co-Chairman Ann Smith said of the tournament. "It really is for the children."