Advance registration is now open for the only event this year truly working “fore” the kids.
The UNC Dance Marathon Homecoming Golf Classic is ringing in its fifth year as the only full tournament that donates proceeds to the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.
On Friday, October 29, Durham’s premiere golf club, The Preserve at Jordan Lake, will be filled with what Dance Marathon hopes will be a record number of participants.
Publicity Chair Rebecca Brenner said the Dance Marathon team’s efforts to garner registrations were extensive.
“We’ve had just over 50 participants for the past few years,” Brenner said. “This year we are trying to register 100 participants.”
The team is hoping to register those players through a call-a-thon and by contacting the 80,000-person football listserv, said Olivia Murphy, the alumni relations chair for Dance Marathon. They are also reaching out to area businesses and players from the past two years.
Golfers will begin to tee off at noon following a 10:30 a.m. registration. Teams are organized in groups of four, though groups with less are welcome to sign up and play with others.
The event will benefit Dance Marathon’s “For The Kids” campaign, which raises money to assist patients and families at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.
At each of the course’s eighteen holes, there will be a “For the Kids” story detailing Dance Marathon’s effect on specific patients and families. “We really want to make sure the tournament reflects our passion for the patients and families at the N.C. Children’s Hospital,” said Brenner.
The stories are there to keep the golfers connected to the cause, said Murphy. Knowing that they are helping others makes the game more enjoyable.