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Gautier golf tournament supports Ocean Springs assault victim

The friends of Barbi and Kya golf tournament was held at Hickory Hill golf course in Gautier. (Image Source: WLOX News) The friends of Barbi and Kya golf tournament was held at Hickory Hill golf course in Gautier. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Pat Peck Kia donated a car that could be won by the golfer who got a hole-in-one on the third hole. (Image Source: WLOX News) Pat Peck Kia donated a car that could be won by the golfer who got a hole-in-one on the third hole. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Almost 200 people signed up to play in the tournament. (Image Source: WLOX News) Almost 200 people signed up to play in the tournament. (Image Source: WLOX News)
GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -

Nearly 200 men and women signed up to play in the 'Friends of 'Barbi and Kya Golf Tournament' at Hickory Hill golf course in Gautier on Saturday. 

Event organizer Danny Jalanivich says he still can't believe the reason behind the fundraiser.

“Never would have thought I was doing a tournament to benefit my daughter from what she's gone through,” said Jalanivich.

On September 10 Barbi Jalanivich was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted at her job. Accused of aggravated assault, police arrested Cameron May.

Since the attack, Barbi's friends and family have worked hard raising money to support her during her recovery.

“The weather's held up, we've had about 48 different businesses and individuals donate. The whole tournament was paid for through donations,” Jalanivich.

One of those donations was a brand new car, sponsored by Pat Peck KIA. The 2015 KIA Optima was the grand prize for the golfer who could get a hole in one on the third hole.

“That was great. It just shows the support that we have down here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” Jalanivich added.

Since the attack occurred, those close to the family say Jalanivich has been Barbi's biggest cheerleader.

“It's his baby. I mean, and anybody with a baby that's had something so horrific happen to them, it breaks your heart,” said Barbi’s aunt, Linda Seymour.

Off the course, there was a silent auction with dozens of prizes all donated by local businesses. Bouncing around the tables was Barbi's daughter, Kya, who had a message for those who have supported her and her mom on this journey.

“I just want to thank everybody for all the support that y’all give my mom and me, that means a lot,” said Kya.

The suspect Cameron May has a preliminary hearing on Wednesday at 7 p.m. For now, he will remain in the custody of the Ocean Springs Police Department.

To contribute to Barbi's GoFundMe campaign, click here.

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