Special to the Fort Mill Times
Residents will be taking to the greens for the fight against cancer.
Sun City Carolina Lakes’ first Pink Golf Tournament will be held at the Sun City Golf Course on Oct. 14. Participants will play in teams to try to score holes-in-one while fighting for a good cause, said Marilyn Navarro, Sun City resident and member of the tournament committee.
The tournament will raise money for Breast Screening Source of York County, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing preventative care, early detection and treatment of breast cancer for women in York, Lancaster and Chester counties.
Rock Hill residents Suzie Wright, Wendy DiEduardo and Kim Brock and Fort Mill resident Rosemary Clement formed the Breast Screening Source of York County in 2010 in an effort to give back to their community, Brock said.
“We knew there was a need in the area for people to have free mammograms,” she said.
The organization’s members work from their homes and partner with local organizations, including the Charlotte Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Komen awarded the organization a grant in 2010. That year, Breast Screening Source did 35 mammograms for local women, Brock said.
Breast Screening Source of York County received $30,000 in grants this year from local groups, including the Komen Foundation, the Junior Welfare League of York County and the Fort Mill Rotary Club, Brock said.
Each year, the Fort Mill Rotary Club holds an auction to raise $65,000 to $80,000 for more than 15 local organizations, club president Jeff Harr said.
“People in our club love this community,” he said. “This is our way of giving back.”
After hearing the Breast Screening Source ladies speak at one of their meetings, Harr said the club knew they would include the organization in this year’s pool of grants.
“We all know some affected by [breast cancer],” he said. “We felt strongly about this organization.”
Harr said he hopes Breast Screening Source will reapply for the grant this year.
“We looking forward to giving it to them again,” he said.
In the past two years, the organization has helped more than 54 women with mammograms, three of which detected cancer, Brock said.
The organization partners with Charlotte Radiology, the Women’s Diagnostic Center and Piedmont Medical Center to provide the mammograms and screenings.
Co-founder Clement works at Piedmont and assists women who have been diagnosed with cancer get on Medicaid so they can receive the proper treatment, Brock said.
“[The women] are always very grateful,” she said. “We want to help more ladies in our area.”
The Vista Ladies of Sun City Carolina Lakes organized the tournament to help the local organization in their fight against breast cancer, Navarro said.
She said many Sun City residents are breast cancer survivors.
“They were very supportive of organizing this type of event,” she said. “It’s a personal commitment wanting to do something to help others.”
There will be two nine-hole tournaments on the 18-hole golf course. The tournament is open to anyone who wishes to join a team. It is $60 per person to play and all proceeds will benefit Breast Screening Source of York County.
Organizers hope to raise $15,000 at the tournament.
Participants will also have the chance to win prizes, including a golf cart, and will leave with a gift bag of items donated by local businesses, Navarro said. There will be a reception following the tournament.
A silent auction will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Sun City club house. Items have been donated by local businesses.
Pink balloons can be purchased in honor of loved ones and survivors and will be released that night.
Participants and guests can also purchase a pink flamingo, which represents the Breast Screening Source’s motto – “Breast Cancer is for the Birds,” Navarro said.
Pink ribbons, donated by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, will be given for donations of at least $10.
“We hope to have a lot of pink ribbons visible on that day,” Navarro said.
Information on breast cancer screenings and treatment will be available in the club house.
“We want to educate people, help with prevention and detection through screening, celebrate and remember our survivors,” Navarro said.
So far, the tournament has 96 registered participants. A few spots are still open, Navarro said. To register, visit the Sun City Golf Club, located at 23012 Kingfisher Drive.
“We are very pleased with the response,” Navarro said. “We hope that we will continue (the tournament) in the future.”
For more information, call Navarro at 802-4773.
For more information on the Breast Screening Source of York County, go to breastscreeningsourceyc.org.