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Golf tournament to benefit Wolfe School

Area golfers have the opportunity to have some fun while helping some very special children by playing in the 10th- annual golf tournament presented by the UCPS Maintenance Department next month.
   
The golf tournament, this year dubbed the 10th Annual Ed Sweeney Memorial Golf Tournament, is played each year to raise funds for the special needs children at Wolfe School. This year’s tournament will be held starting at 1:30 p.m. on September 19, 2009, at Stonebridge Golf Club, located at 2721 Swilcan Burn Drive in Monroe.
   
Register before Wednesday, August 19, 2009, however, and save $10 off the $65 single-entry fee, and $30 off the $250 team entry fee. Prizes will be given to the top three teams, the golfer with the longest drive, the closest to the pin, the longest putt and there will be 2 hole-in-one prizes.
   
The tournament, which will be held rain or shine, hopes to raise money to sponsor the annual Wolfe School Christmas party, at which each student receives a gift. Some of the money raised will also be used for a college scholarship for a UCPS student.
   
Although this is the 10th year of the golf tournament, it’s the first year it’s being called the Ed Sweeney Memorial Golf Tournament. “We have changed the name to honor Ed Sweeney, the former UCPS Maintenance Department director who died Dec. 2, 2008,” said Donald S. Hughes, executive director of UCPS Facilities Department. “Even though the name has changed, our goal of providing fun and gifts for the Wolfe students remains the same.”
   
The Christmas party began in 1996, a brainchild of the late Tommy Laney, a technical supervisor with the UCPS Maintenance Department. The party celebrates the children at Wolfe School and the staff who teach them. More than 100 UCPS maintenance employees are on hand each year as a replica of Santa’s sleigh (filled to overflowing with wrapped presents) pulls into the gym at the Wolfe School to the cheers of approximately 70 very excited students.
   
Sweeney, who had been with the school system since 1993, was one of the original organizers of the Christmas party and usually assisted “Santa’s sleigh” during the event.
   
The men and women of the UCPS Maintenance Department fund the event each year through the golf tournament and through individual donations.
   
Organizers are looking for individuals to come play golf, be a hole sponsor, or donate a door prize – or any combination thereof. Click here for the golf registration.
    
Contact Tony Crowley with the UCPS Maintenance Employee’s Organization at (704) 361-6028 or email tony.crowley@ucps.k12.nc.us for more information.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Aug 14, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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