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Optimist Club Golf Tournament Continues to grow

The Optimist Club held its annual golf tournament last Wednesday and it was a good fundraiser for the club and for kids in Johnson County.
The Optimist Club is an organization that focuses on helping school children in Johnson County by raising money for scholarships and for people who need help.
Despite some late weather problems, the tournament went on without a hitch and even had a $10,000 winner as Max Blevins hit a hole in one on a designated hole to win the money. More information will be made available later to The Tomahawk.
The turnout continues to get better for what is a fairly new organization to Johnson County for this tournament.
“We could have had a few more, but we were able to make enough money to give scholarships and fund projects,” Optimist Club Golf Tournament chairman Tom Reece said.
This has become a very popular summer event as the golfers are truly taken care of when they come.
There was a cookout before the event and snacks were given out to the golfers during the event and there were door prizes for a lot of the participants.
There were even watermelons given out for the team with the highest score.
“We make sure we feed them and we had prizes for different holes,” Reece said. “We had gift certificates to Suba's, Tributary, Subway, Lois's and Pizza Plus.”
The volunteers worked very hard throughout the day, many of those who are involved in the Johnson County School System.
Mischelle Simcox, Morris Woodring, Lisa Arnold, Dana Smith, Lisa Mullins, Barry Bishop and Ryan Franklin all did a great job helping with the event,” Reece said. “They really support our program. We also had women who made stuff.”
Dan Lipford is the President of this club that continues to be an active force in the community.
“The Optimist Club's motto is “Bringing out the Best in Kids,” Reece said. “Our goal is to help the youth of Johnson County. This year we funded four scholarships, we helped a kid who had childhood cancer with the expenses of traveling to St. Jude Children's Hospital. We helped out the Widener Family whose mother died after having their house burn down a few weeks earlier, we provide shoes to Little League football, basketball and baseball players who can't afford it and we send kids to Appalachian State basketball games. If people tell us about needy kids we don't usually turn anyone down.”