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Highland Lakes golf tourney gives many kids reason to smile Christmas Day


MEADOWLAKES — The cold weather forced Highland Lakes Christmas Caddy Golf Tournament officials to push the date of the event back a week from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14, but the rescheduling didn’t appear to have any impact on the fundraiser’s outcome.

“It was a great success, even with the delay,” said Stephen Galan, one of the event organizers. “Even though the weather still was a bit cold (on Dec. 14), people came out and played for the kids.”

The Highland Lakes Christmas Caddy Golf Tournament is a community event that raises money so organizers can purchase Christmas gifts for local families and children who might otherwise go without. Last year, the event raised more than $10,000, which went to purchasing presents for 61 children and their families.

This year, Galan said, the event far surpassed the first-year total.

He said golfers, sponsors and donors raised more than $19,900. After covering the overhead, organizers still had more than $17,000 to go toward gifts.

“We ended up helping more families than last year and also helped those families with more,” Galan said.

The golf tournament featured a four-person scramble at Hidden Falls Golf Club.

While it was a golf tournament, Galan described it as a community event because of all the support and sponsors. He pointed out that nine area churches came together as well as numerous businesses, individuals and organizations to help make this event a success

Galan and Hidden Falls Golf Club manager Jeff Wilson initiated the concept last year but quickly enjoyed the support of many others.

The way the community came together last year and again this year for the kids wasn’t lost on Galan.

“I’m just humbled to be a part of it,” he said. “There are so many great people in this community who wanted to be a part of it. This really shows how much this community, and people, care about each other.”