Nearly 150 golfers gathered together today at Shady Hollow Golf Course for the 2018 Santa's Helping Hands Benefit Golf Scramble where more than $6,000 was raised for the popular local charity.
The organization, now a credited charitable group which has been in operation for over a decade, provides Christmas gifts and other necessities for needy Edmonson County residents.
Organization board member Greg Nugent discussed some of the good things happening with the group while thanking all participants and volunteers.
"Thanks to you all, lots of children are able to have a nice Christmas now," he said. "And it's not just about toys. We're providing shoes, clothes, and other needs they have."
Mark Wardlow, a co-founder of SHH, said he was very pleased with the turnout today.
"At 36 teams, we had enough to pair two teams at each hole, which made play even more competitive," he said. "Everyone seemed to have a great time for such a great cause."
Wardlow thanked the main sponsors of the tournament, Alford's Pharmacy and Drive-Thru, A+ Family Healthcare, and Rafferty's/Double Dogs.
"We're not a church, but we operate with Christian values," Nugent added. "We're supposed to help people less fortunate and those that need help. Children, widows, victims of house fires are our focus, and, let me say again, children."
The annual SSH benefit auction is set for Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Community Center in Brownsville.