Golf tournament raises thousands for United Way

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Golden Pantry hosted a golf tournament at the Georgia Club Monday and raised thousands of dollars for the United Way of Northeast Georgia and Community Connection of Northeast Georgia. The local United Way agency and Community Connection consolidated services in August.

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According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, it’s the first fundraising golf tournament Golden Pantry has hosted in nearly a decade.

About 120 golfers arrived Monday at the Georgia Club for the inaugural Golden Pantry Charity Classic with a goal of raising some $30,000.

“I think it went really well. I’m really excited about the turnout — a lot of good people had a lot of fun and we feel we raised a lot of funds for two good organizations, United Way of Northeast Georgia and Community Connection 211,” Robert Griffith, president of Golden Pantry, said to the ABH late Monday afternoon. “We’re very pleased with the funds we raised and we’re excited about doing it next year, too. It’s our first opportunity to do this format in a tournament and try to bring a few dollars to deserving organizations.”

President and CEO of United Way of Northeast Georgia Matthew Purkey told the ABH he was delighted to be able to form a partnership with Golden Pantry, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in business in 2015.

“The United Way of Northeast Georgia supports 29 service agencies in an eight-county area that includes Clarke, Barrow, Madison, Franklin, Oglethorpe, Jackson, Oconee and Morgan counties. Golden Pantry has 39 retail outlets, with about 20 stores in the Athens area and other stores stretching as far north as Blairsville, as far south as Waynesboro, as far west as Dacula and as far east as Hartwell,” the article reads. “Purkey [said] 100 percent of the proceeds from Monday’s tournament would go to Community Connection 211.”

Sponsors for the tournament included Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Jones & Frank (Golden), Coca-Cola (Silver) and Shell Oil (Bronze).