UPDATE 9/26/2013: The Major Russell Lane Annual Memorial Golf Tournament raised $20,000, including a $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart. Sheriff's Deputy Michael Martin says that's about $5,000 more than the Sheriff's Office's goal.
More than 100 golfers teed off in Greene County to putt for a good cause. The Greene County Sheriff's Office and the Greene Alliance of Church and Community Efforts (GRACE) teamed up to host the annual fundraiser.
Monday, 103 golfers hit the course for the Major Russell Lane Annual Memorial Golf Tournament. The annual tournament raised thousands of dollars to pay for the Sheriff's Office's "Shop with a Cop" event at Christmas. It's a chance for children who wouldn't otherwise get presents to go shopping with a sheriff's deputy for toys.
"They'll be one-on-one with one of our deputies and they'll be able to shop and get the presents that they want with a certain given amount of money," said Deputy Michael Martin of the Greene County Sheriff's Office.
Martin says the sold-out golf fundraiser racked up around $15,000. Half of the proceeds will go to GRACE. GRACE will use the money to provide food to needy families.
"We help kids and their families year around, we are an unusual organization; there's only three of us in the state like this, we coordinate all of the giving in Greene County," said Allan Anderson, GRACE vice chair.
The tournament honors the late Major Russell Lane who created the annual event. His family members say the golf tournament was Lane's idea of a great time.
"It's a great turnout and I know he'd be proud of it," said Joe Stanley, Russell Lane's half brother.
Martin says the children are grateful each year for the chance to go Christmas shopping with a sheriff's deputy. He says the golf tournament is a chance to raise money for a great cause and have fun doing it.
"A lot enthusiasm, a lot of fun and there's a lot of food that's coming through today," said Martin.
The Sheriff's Office is also applying for a $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart for the "Shop with a Cop" event.
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