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‘Cows Come Home' fundraiser a success

The invitation-only “Party 'til the Cows Come Home” fundraiser for Friends on a Mission was a success.

Using money inherited from Alice's mother, Bo and Alice Pamplin of Stallings formed the nonprofit organization a few months ago to benefit mentally challenged, terminally ill and underprivileged children in our area.

Their first fundraiser held at the Brookhaven clubhouse in Indian Trail on May 31 netted more than $6,000.

The Western-theme event included a barbecue dinner and silent auction. The money raised will be used to provide recreational equipment to three organizations that help youth in Union County.

Bo, who serves as the foundation's president, said, “All we want to do is help children in our area. We are a 100percent volunteer driven organization.”

Bo explained the next project underway for Friends on a Mission: “We will be gathering books and reading resources to give to children and organizations helping children of this area.

“Our goal is to grow to the point of helping children in need for the greater Charlotte area. I hope to reach volunteers and donors that want to work with an organization where their sole purpose is to help children.”

The small group of volunteers is ambitious. Greg Davis, treasurer of the organization, said, “This is our first year, and we are gaining a lot of momentum. Our donors know where their money is going and that makes them feel good about the missions they are helping.”

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Golf tournament

Dust off your golf clubs stored in the garage or the attic. The fourth annual Porter Ridge Athletic Booster Club Golf Tournament is coming up on Aug. 24 – the day before most Union County public schools start. The Captain's Choice format begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. (boxed lunch at 12:30). Dinner will be served after the tournament, along with the awards ceremony.

No special golf skills are required. I play golf once every two or three years and participated in this tournament that draws parents, students, teachers and staff from Porter Ridge.

Volunteers gather for a day of golf to raise money to support the many sporting programs at the school.

Pre-registration has begun for this year's tournament, which will be held at Emerald Lake Golf Club. Entry fee is $125 for an individual or $500 a foursome.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Proceeds will benefit the Porter Ridge Athletic Booster Club.

Tony Pascarella, co-chairman of the golf tournament, said, “Our goal is to raise money for a new field house and lights for the remaining fields.”

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