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Love Blooms with adoption fundraiser

A family wanting to adopt a child could spend as much as $20,000 on the adoption process.

Elizabeth and Joey Maxon, of Indian Land, hope to ease that burden.

Bloom Project is the Maxon's nonprofit group dedicated to raising money to help the world's orphans. The organization will hold its first fundraiser, the 2008 Bloom Charity Golf Tournament, Monday, April 21, at Springfield Golf Club.

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund grants that either help with the cost of adoption, domestic or international, or help improve conditions for orphans who are awaiting adoption.

When the Maxons decided to start a family, they researched adoption. They'd always felt a need to adopt, Elizabeth Maxon said. The couple is expecting their first child, via adoption, in May of this year.

"It's just always been the way we wanted to build our home," Elizabeth Maxon said.

During their research, the couple was surprised to learn about the millions of orphans across the world, waiting for homes.

"We felt the need to do something bigger than just our adoption," Maxon said. "We thought, 'How can we make this easier for other families?'"

A golf tournament seemed a natural choice of fundraiser, Elizabeth Maxon said. Her husband Joey is the golf pro at Rock Hill Country Club, and plays professional tournaments throughout the year. He has created the tournament to be something the players remember and want to play in every year, Maxon said.

Plans include a hole-in-one car provided by Mercedes Benz, prizes and giveaways including vacation packages, tickets to the Ballantyne Village Theater and gold memorabilia signed by PGA players. Brandon Russell, the carpenter on the home improvement show 'Trading Spaces,' will be the event's celebrity host.

For details, visit www.bloomproject.org.

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