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Third Annual CCEF Golf Classic raises $29,000

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation scored a hole-in-one at its Third Annual CCEF Golf Classic by raising a record $29,000 to support schools, teachers and students.

The nonprofit CCEF, which raises funds and awareness for the Cherokee County School District, recently held the tournament at Woodmont Golf & Country Club with presenting sponsor, Northside Hospital-Cherokee.



[caption id="attachment_804" align="alignright" width="350"] The 2015 CCEF Golf Classic at Woodmont Golf & Country Club was made possible through sponsorships by numerous businesses including presenting sponsor, Northside Hospital-Cherokee.

Sponsors included: Gold, Cobb EMC; Silver, Aramark Management Services, Chick-fil-A of Canton, Credit Union of Georgia and The Home Depot; Bronze: Buck Consultants, Davenport & Company, Goshen Valley Foundation, Hasty Properties, KRH Architects, Universal Alloy and Win2ition; Contest Sponsors: Georgia Power, Kronos, Nova Engineering & Environmental, Senator Brandon Beach; Hole Sponsors: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Gleichman Law Firm and The Original Mattress Factory.  Foundation Board Members Colleen Blackwell of Win2ition and Zach Blend of Goshen Valley Foundation served as the event’s co-chairs.

The tournament began with a special tribute to Northside Hospital-Cherokee CEO Billy Hayes in appreciation for his continued service as the CCEF Board Vice President and for the hospital’s second year as presenting sponsor for all CCEF fundraisers.  CCEF Board President William “Billy” G. Hasty Jr. during the opening remarks also thanked Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo for serving as the event’s Honorary Chairman and for his support of CCEF since its establishment in 2012.

“We would not have been able to already have awarded $50,000 in grants or be able to give out another $50,000 this school year if it were not for the support of our sponsors, the School Board and Dr. Petruzielo,” Mr. Hasty said during his remarks.

Following their day on the course, players returned for the awarding of trophies to sponsors and winning teams.  Land Answers’ foursome took first place in the competition; the Cherokee Computer team placed second; and one of Northside Hospital-Cherokee’s teams placed third.  Much to the delight of all in attendance, a player won the Hole In One contest… Rick James of the Goshen Valley Foundation Team landed the winning shot.

The trophies, as has become a CCEF Golf Classic tradition, were designed and crafted by art students at all of CCSD’s high schools.  Each school’s art department was presented with an honorarium donation by CCEF in appreciation for their work.  A special presentation also was made during the awards party to former Cherokee County School Board Chair Janet Read in appreciation of her vision for the establishment of the Foundation.

The Foundation will be awarding more than $50,000 in grants to CCSD schools, teachers and students this school year including IMPACT Grants, which are presented every February to teachers with winning “bright idea” applications.  For more information about CCEF, visit www.cherokeecountyeducationalfoundation or its Facebook page.






[caption id="attachment_824" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Kicking off the 2015 CCEF Golf Classic Kicking off the 2015 CCEF Golf Classic, which raised a record $29,000 for Cherokee County School District schools, teachers and students, are from left to right: Golf Classic Co-Chair Zach Blend, Board Fundraising Chair Kevin Williams, Board President William “Billy” G. Hasty Jr., Presenting Sponsor Northside Hospital-Cherokee CEO Billy Hayes, Golf Classic Co-Chair Colleen Blackwell and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo. The Foundation presented a special tribute to Mr. Hayes at the start of the event in appreciation of his continued service and the hospital’s second year as presenting sponsor for all of CCEF’s fundraisers.


 
[caption id="attachment_803" align="aligncenter" width="599"]Rick James Rick James of the Goshen Valley Foundation team landed a hole-in-one during the 2015 CCEF Golf Classic.


 
[caption id="attachment_804" align="aligncenter" width="599"]2015 CCEF Golf Classic The 2015 CCEF Golf Classic at Woodmont Golf & Country Club was made possible through sponsorships by numerous businesses including presenting sponsor, Northside Hospital-Cherokee.


 
[caption id="attachment_805" align="aligncenter" width="600"]The Land Answers team won first place The Land Answers team won first place in the 2015 CCEF Golf Classic.


 
[caption id="attachment_806" align="aligncenter" width="599"]Cherokee Computer team placed second The Cherokee Computer team placed second in the 2015 CCEF Golf Classic.


 
[caption id="attachment_807" align="aligncenter" width="599"]One of Northside Hospital-Cherokee’s teams placed third One of Northside Hospital-Cherokee’s teams placed third in the 2015 CCEF Golf Classic.


 
[caption id="attachment_808" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Presenting the plaque to Ms. Read. A special presentation was made to former Cherokee County School Board Chair Janet Read in appreciation of her vision for the establishment of the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Golf Classic Co-Chair Colleen Blackwell, left, presents the plaque to Ms. Read.


 
[caption id="attachment_802" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Award designers As has become a CCEF Golf Classic tradition, all of the trophies for sponsors and winners of the 2015 CCEF Golf Classic were designed and crafted by Cherokee County School District high school art students. Cherokee High School ceramics students show off their designs, from left to right: Martha Voizin, Amber Jenkins, Lincoln Johnson, Elexis Muse, Thu Nguyen, Ashley Heard, Maria Vicente, Katlin Norman and Joseph Alas.
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