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Tourney to benefit boy with leukemia

The Thomson Country Club will be host to the Tanner Reese Benefit Golf Tournament and Chicken Dinner fundraiser Saturday.

"Tanner Reese is an 11-year- old boy from Thomson who was diagnosed with leukemia approximately three or four weeks ago," said Al Reeves, the coordinator of the tournament. "He has strong family ties in the community. The leukemia is currently in remission, but the medical expenses for Tanner's family are just astronomical. All the funds raised by the tournament go to the Tanner Reese Benefit Fund."

The tournament starts at 9:30 a.m., and is for 18 holes after a scramble start.

"We're also accepting hole sponsorships for the tournament, where companies or individuals can sponsor a hole for $100," Reeves said.

The cost for a four-person team to enter is $220, and includes a barbecue-chicken dinner for the players, in addition to green fees and a cart for the team.

"We'll be serving a barbecue chicken dinner from 12 to three o'clock," Reeves said. "And chicken dinners are available for anyone who wants to contribute to the benefit fund. Even if they're not playing in the tournament, they can drop by the Thomson Country Club between 12 and three and get a chicken dinner for $8. And golf teams don't have to have a ticket in advance; if a team shows up on Saturday and wants to participate, we'll be happy to accommodate them."

The Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold an all-day blood drive in honor of Tanner at The Depot on Sept. 6.

"We're asking first and foremost for their prayers for Tanner and his family. Any financial contributions are a great blessing, whether it's one dollar or a thousand dollars, we're grateful for it. And it all goes directly to the benefit fund," Reeves said.

Contact Reeves at (706) 466-1998, or Ralph Starling at (706) 597-8500.

Web posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011

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