GAB: Rainbow Village Golf Classic a success

DULUTH -- The Rainbow Village 18th Annual Golf Classic, presented by Jim and Billie Ellis and Wilmington Trust on Wednesday raised more than $57,000 this year, setting a new record for the flagship event.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit Rainbow Village families in breaking the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence.

The Classic was held at TPC Sugarloaf with 108 players participating. John and Jane Koontz and Jed and Martha Smith, tournament co-chairs and many other volunteers worked to ensure a successful day.

The day began with Chris Lybeer taking a cash prize for winning the putting contest. A shotgun start at noon signaled the beginning of the tournament. Although the rain threatened, the skies eventually cleared and players returned for a dinner provided by Outback Steakhouse of Johns Creek.

The day's big winners included the following:

-- low gross team, Cole Hudgens, Jon Pilkenton, Keith Fleming and Zac Meltor

-- low net team, Mike Morgan, Robert Fell, Russ Kiefer and Steve Davenport

-- longest drive men, Sid Hopkins

-- longest drive ladies, Sherry Russell

-- closest to the pin men, Louis Murray

-- closest to the pin ladies, Linda Storey

"So many loyal Rainbow Village friends play in the Golf Classic each year, and it is a remarkable day for golfers to enjoy great golf, food and fellowship that provides support for Rainbow Village families," said Nancy Yancey, Rainbow Village CEO.

To learn more about Rainbow Village, visit www.rainbowvillage.org.

Fundraiser to help veterans set for May 25

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Holiday Retirement, the parent company of Laurel Grove Retirement Community, at 2899 Five Forks Trickum Road, is raising money for the Outward Bound for Veterans Program, which has helped thousands of returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home.

A festival is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 25 at Laurel Grove Retirement Community. The organization is seeking goods, services or gift cards to be used as prizes and for raffles.

All money raised will be donated and those who help will be recognized as sponsors of the event.

For more information, call Steve York at 770-982-9969.

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