Golfers tee off for the American Red Cross

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The American Red Cross is trying to replenish its funds following Hurricane Isaac. The organization works tirelessly to help our community in times of need.

To help replenish those funds, the organization brought back an old fundraising tradition as golfers teed off at the Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier as part of the Bob Collins Golf Classic.

The tournament was named after former Red Cross Director Bob Collins. After Collins retired in 2004, so did the event, But it's now back stronger than ever with dozens of participants and sponsorships across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Collins and a team of Red Cross volunteers started the tournament back in 1985.

"I love to play golf, everyone does. Let's do something fun where we can make a little money and everybody has a good time," said Collins. "So we did it and it lasted for 20 years and went really well."

A silent auction was also held inside the club house featuring sports memorabilia like an autographed football from Coach Sean Payton and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and a jersey signed by Eli Manning.

All proceeds made at Tuesday's event will benefit the South Mississippi Red Cross, an organization that for years has dedicated itself to helping others in times of disaster.

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