Tee off fore a cure

Children’s of Alabama will host its ninth annual “Tee Off Fore a Cure” weekend Feb. 28 – March 1, 2014. The pre-party and silent auction will kick off the weekend at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28, at the Wash House, located at 17111 Scenic Hwy. 98, Point Clear.  The golf tournament will again take place at Lakewood Golf Club, located at 1 Grand Blvd., Point Clear, on Saturday, March 1, along with the second annual Gracie’s Golf Ball Drop.

Friday’s pre-party is complimentary to participating golfers, volunteers, donors, sponsors and their guests, and begins at 6:30 p.m. The public is also welcome to the party, and admission is $25 per person and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by the Wash House, beverages, and live music from Gulf Coast musician, Bryant Gilley, and local country breakthrough artist, Summerlyn Powers.  Pre-party guests can bid on silent auction items throughout the evening including weekend getaways, gourmet and spa gift baskets, clothing, custom jewelry, Auburn University and University of Alabama football keepsakes, dozens of pieces of high-end art produced by local artists, and more. The live auction will also offer popular items that will be announced leading up to the event on the Tee Off Facebook page (facebook.com/TeeOffForeACure).

The Gracie’s Golf Ball Drop fundraiser will return for its second year. Up to 5,000 presold, numbered golf balls will be suspended in the air and dropped over a hole at Lakewood. The first ball in or closest to the hole will win 25 percent of the proceeds, which is up to $5,000. Participants do not have to be present to win, and anyone may purchase golf balls at childrensal.kintera.org/graciesballdrop.

The Tee Off Fore a Cure weekend and Gracie’s Golf Ball Drop are held in honor of a local survivor and patient of Children’s of Alabama, Frances Grace Hirs, 14, of Fairhope. She has been the inspiration for this event for the past eight years for a simple reason – she is a hero. In February 2013, Frances Grace was diagnosed for the third time with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). She first fought cancer as a toddler, and at 9 years old, she relapsed. Frances Grace, along with her parents and the staff at Lakewood are raising money and awareness for the cancer clinic at Children’s.

The golf tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 1. Fees are $200 per golfer or $800 per team. Proceeds benefit the Alabama Centers for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham. For more details or to register for the golf tournament contact Kerrie Benson, Children’s development associate, at 251-610-4969, or visit childrensal.kintera.org/14teeoff.

About Children’s of Alabama
Over the past eight years, Tee Off Fore A Cure has raised more than $475,000 for cancer research at Children’s of Alabama. Children from Mobile and Baldwin counties made more than 1,800 visits to Children’s last year. More than 90 percent of all Alabama pediatric cancer patients are treated at Children’s.

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