Marietta Country Club (MCC) is ramping up for their 8th annual charity golf tournament and auction benefitting The Center for Children and Young Adults (CCYA) on Monday, November 8th. Having raised over $550,000 for local charities since the tournament began in 2014, MCC and their dedicated volunteer committee have certainly found the formula for golf tournament success. The Thanksgiving Classic began as a way to honor the dying wish of a MCC member who received outstanding care at the WellStar Cancer Center and hoped to give back to this organization through a charity tournament organized by his friends at Marietta Country Club.
Each year a new nonprofit is selected. Past Thanksgiving Golf Classic beneficiaries include the WellStar Cancer Network, WellStar Hospice Angel Fund, Devereux Center, Marietta High School Student Success Center, and KSU CARE Services. The most recent recipient, Marietta Police Athletic League (PAL), was presented with a check for $150,000 after last year’s record setting tournament. This year’s tournament chair, Mark Kenline adds “We have a heart for kids. MCC is honored to sponsor and host this charity tournament each year to benefit nonprofit organizations serving children and teens right here in Cobb County.”
This year’s proceeds will benefit CCYA whose mission it is to provide safe and suitable housing, youth development activities and supportive housing services for at-risk homeless youth who have been abandoned, abused, neglected and/or sexually exploited. The Center will soon be celebrating 38 years of providing 24/7 housing and supportive services to community teens in need. According to Kimberly Borna, CEO of CCYA, “we are so grateful to be chosen as this year’s recipient, this support couldn’t have come at a better time. CCYA has remained on the frontlines serving at-risk homeless teens while facilities providing similar services have closed or paused their services due to the pandemic. These funds will be used to replace broken appliances; provide funding to hire needed 24/7 staff; help with the cost of purchasing an additional minivan to shuttle kids to and from school; address rising grocery and utility costs; replace a cut in federal funding for our GED program and help make ends meet.” Currently, CCYA has 42 beds but is only serving 34-36 kids due to lack of funding for additional staff.
Community partners such as Liberty Furniture, Marietta Kiwanis, Rotary Club of Marietta, Henssler Financial, MSI Benefits Group, Giles and Sherra Bowman and many more have come together through the years to raise dollars for local charities, while enjoying a favorite pastime on a beautiful golf course. Marietta Country Club partners with Cobb Community Foundation to process contributions, hold the funds collected until they are granted out to that year’s recipient as well as providing the 501(c)(3) umbrella under which all contributions above fair market value are considered tax-deductible.
If you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause or to view and bid on auction items (which are still being added to the site) please visit the event website through November 8th.