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Burnet police golf tourney helping Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center

The sixth annual Burnet Police Department golf tournament benefitting the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center hits the fairways and greens June 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Delaware Springs Municipal Golf Course in Burnet. Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson (center) joins the advocacy center's development director Doris Graeter (left) and executive director Ronda Hostetter in inviting golfers of all levels to participate in the tournament. For more information on the tournament, call the Delaware Springs pro shop at (512) 756-8471. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

BURNET — Playing a round of golf is a good way to spend an afternoon. But if that game also supports an organization working with traumatized children, it’s a great day.The sixth annual Burnet Police Department Golf Tournament supporting the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center does just that. The tournament is slated for June 28 at the Delaware Springs Municipal Golf Course, 600 Delaware Spring Blvd.

Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson organized the tournament. Not only has he seen the value of the advocacy center through the eyes of a law enforcement officer, he also serves as the center’s board president.

“The chief is so dedicated to helping us,” said Ronda Hostetter, the center’s executive director. “We’re basically a third party to this event because the chief and others organize and make it happen. All we do is benefit from it, but we’re glad for the support.”

The golf tournament, a four-person scramble, starts at 1:30 p.m. The $50 entrance fee covers 18 holes, a cart, range balls and a dinner.

Nelson said he’ll take teams up until the shotgun start.

The advocacy center is a nonprofit organization founded 20 years ago by Yvonne Evans. It gives law enforcement and Child Protective Services a safe location where they can bring victimized or abused children for forensic interviews and physical examinations.

The center also provides counseling services for the children and non-offending family members and caretakers. It serves six counties.

The organization relies heavily on fundraisers such as the tournament for its budget.

“I think this golf tournament has really done a lot for the awareness of what we do and who we are,” said Doris Graeter, the center’s development director. “I think when people see that the police are behind what we do and believe in us, they really take notice.”

For more information on the golf tournament, call the Delaware Springs pro shop at (512) 756-8471.

To learn more about the advocacy center, go to www.hccac.org.

daniel@thepicayune.com