Thursday, September, 22, 2005

Clydesdale golf tournament raises money for Hurricane Katrina victims

Staff Writer

The Clydesdale Christmas Store golf tourney drew 30 teams to Kirkwood Golf Course last week. Proceeds from the tourney, a major fund-raiser for the charity, will all go to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Other activities that raised funds this year are the Byhalia Clydesdale Festival, the annual auction in December and a new fund-raiser scheduled for October 29 that will provide live musical entertainment.

Southern Rider Magazine is co-sponsoring the October 29 fund-raiser that will be held behind the local VFW Post. Five Nashville bands will provide musical entertainment, according to Ronnie Luther, who with wife Brenda, originated the Clydesdale Christmas Store 14 years ago to provide toys for youngsters who would otherwise not have Christmas gifts.

In opening comments at the tourney Luther said from 30 to 40 volunteers work each year to help with all the activities connected with the Clydesdale Christmas Store charity.

Luther said a truck load of relief goods left the morning of the golf tourney to Waveland, Miss., a small Gulf Coast town that was wiped out by Katrina.

In welcoming golfers, Clydesdale board member Betty Byrd said, “The energy and dedication put into this is just amazing. Volunteers work all year long. Two weeks ago Ronnie called an emergency board meeting and it was decided all proceeds this year go to the victims of Katrina.

“As you support the Katrina victims, everybody out here knows this has touched them in some way.”

Senator Ralph Doxey mentioned the loss of computer equipment, decorations and other materials when the Clydesdale Store warehouse burned this year.

“I was down at ‘Katrinaville’ this week and you can’t imagine what our Gulf Coast looks like; what a 30 foot wall of water 80 miles long can do,” Doxey said. “Imagine this parking lot with no cars on it, it’s just concrete. These proceeds go down south to help our brothers in South Mississippi.

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