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07/12/03

Charity Golf Tournament Helps Home of Grace

144 golfers came in from the golf course Saturday at Shell Landing in Gautier. The golfers have been playing in a charity tournament for the Home of Grace which has been in dire need of assistance lately after recent flooding.

The Home of Grace now has a saving grace after raising thousands of dollars in a charity golf tournament today.

"We're in dire need of financial aid because of the flood," said Bob Hunt, a former Home of Grace resident. "It's really crippled us."

Only two weeks ago their facilities in Vancleave flooded with five feet of water. Saturday, charity officials said they raised plenty of money to recover the flooding losses.

"We were able to generate funding that will enable us to move to our new location, " said Todd Trenchard, with the Home of Grace. "And get over our recent losses that we experienced through Bill."

Golfers aren't the only ones helping the Home of Grace. More than 100 local businesses donated $10,000 worth of door prizes.

Golfers say these prizes aren't the reason they are playing in the tournament.

"It's a great cause for one thing," said Bob Shotlander, a golfer who played in the tournament. "The Home of Grace has helped countless people from all over the country."

It's helped people like Riley Burke--a recovering alcoholic. Burke graduated from the Home of Grace program more than two years ago.

He said he came back to play in the tournament this year to show how important the Home of Grace is.

"I think God has used Home of Grace in so many ways to save so many peoples families, and to make a tremendous impact in people's lives in the area of alcohol and drug addiction," said Burke.

Tournament organizers said they hope to double the size of the charity golf tournament by next year, possibly making it into a two day event.

Claire Nelson

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