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Tee Time: Monarch hosts its eighth annual golf tournament fundraiser

Golf tourney 2015A Monarch tradition returns April 29, with its eighth annual Dreams Take Flight golf tournament at Tillery Tradition Country Club in Mt. Gilead.

The tournament raises more than $50,000 each year. Laurie Weaver, Monarch’s senior director of philanthropy, coordinates this golf tournament and a second tournament held at New Bern in September.

However, she said, “This is our premier fundraising event. It is a time for the community and families of the people we support to come together.”

The golf tournament started as a small community event, but has grown in the past few years, Weaver says. “Every year, we have a full field of 120 golfers.”

The tournament has enjoyed longtime support from corporate sponsors and local businesses. First Citizens Bank returns this year as the tournament’s title sponsor, Weaver noted.

“We have a number of longtime sponsors who support this event, and we are so grateful,” she said. “This ongoing support is a big part of our tournament every year.”

This tournament includes a number of special contests like: closest to pin, longest drive, a putting competition and hole-in-one contests featuring cash prizes and a new car. No one has won the car yet, Weaver said, but you never know what might happen this year.

The tournament is also a chance for Weaver and others to share the mission of Monarch, and where funds raised from the tournament go before the teams tee off, she explained.

Weaver also said the event has been blessed with beautiful weather most years, and certainly hopes that’ll be the case this time around as well.

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