Catholic Charities golf tournament raises $50,000

Bill Brewer News

By Dan McWilliams
Seventy-two golfers on 18 teams helped Catholic Charities of East Tennessee raise some $50,000 in the fifth annual Common Good Golf Tournament on June 9 at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville.

The money benefits the Knoxville social-service programs of CCET. The tourney is one of three major fundraisers to benefit the Knoxville programs, the other two being the Emerald O’ccasion dinner and the Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk.

“Serving the poor and the vulnerable is integral to our faith as members of the Catholic Church, and we at Catholic Charities are grateful for the support of so many in the community whose faith and compassion lead them to care for others,” said Sister Mary Christine Cremin, CCET executive director.

The team of Bo Connor, Mark DiStefano, Mike DiStefano, and Will Kegley won the Common Good tourney in a scorecard playoff over the team of Carlo Brillante, Curtis Hance, Glen Hutchinson, and tournament chairman Mike Smith. Both teams finished with a 51. Scoring 53 and finishing third was the team of Jimmy Cowden, John Hawkins, Brad Levy, and John Quillen.

Golfers paid $1,500 per team to enter the Common Good tourney, which had a best-ball format. The presenting sponsor was Covenant Health, and major sponsors were the Knoxville News Sentinel, Pilot, and Regal Cinema.

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, serving East Tennessee communities for more than 40 years, meets a wide range of needs for families, individuals, and children through 16 innovative and effective social-service programs and services throughout East Tennessee. Its broad outreach addresses the unmet needs of the most vulnerable in the region by providing shelter, nourishment, counseling, and education in order to foster human dignity.