Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Charity Golf Tournament Supports Children's Miracle Network

Ex-Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas headlines field

BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y.- Foxfire Golf Club played host to one of the first charity golf tournaments of the year in Central New York. Wal-Mart was the lead sponsor of the event, which featured former Buffalo Bills star Thurman Thomas.

Most of the money raised in the event will go towards fighting pediatric cancer.

Thomas helped lead the Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990's. While the Bills lost all four games, Thomas came out a winner today in helping fight pediatric cancer.

"Oh, we're just having a good time," said Thomas. "That's what it's all about. Just coming out here, having a good time, meeting new people, but most of all, trying to raise as much money as we possibly can."

It was no surprise Thomas appeared at the event because Wal-Mart is a big sponsor of the Thurman Thomas Foundation, which helps inner-city kids have the opportunity to play organized sports.

"They've been a tremendous supporter of my foundation for the last two years, so anything that I can do to help their foundation is great," said Thomas.
Sponsors paid $1500 to enter a team of four into the tournament. Cassandra Rucker, Associate Director of Galisano's Children's Hospital, said how much money the golf tournament can produce.
"At a golf tournament like today, with their vendors here...we'll raise over $50,000."
NCC Reporter Sean Bagnardi attended the charity golf event.

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