Emma Sheppard, a Fort Mill High School graduate and director of philanthropy for the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at High Point University, recently helped raise $18,000 for breast cancer education and prevention by organizing the group’s 10th annual Crown Classic Golf Tournament.
The tournament, which was held April 11-12 at the Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro, welcomed 230 golfers, including faculty members and students from High Point and other universities, as well as parents from all over the country.
“I am very proud of how the event turned out,” said Sheppard of Tega Cay. “Having twice as many people play as last year was incredible.”
Having just been named director of philanthropy this past December, Sheppard said she worked on the tournament almost daily. But she also had a lot of help from her sorority.
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“I have about 200 sisters who pretty much all had a hand in doing something for the event, whether it was asking their parents to send in a donation, helping the day of the event (or) anything in between,” she said.
Because it was the tournament’s 10th year, Sheppard said their goal was to make the event bigger and better than ever. In addition to doubling the amount of teams who played, the tournament also doubled in length, spanning two days with three tee times, instead of one day with two tee times.
“We had raffles and mulligans being sold, as well as sponsors that ranged from local businesses to Vineyard Vines, Coast and Southern Tide apparel,” Sheppard said.
The sorority also collected donations from individuals who sponsored a hole, purchased a sign to memorialize or honor their loved one, or simply wanted to contribute to the cause.
A total of $18,000 was raised, which will go to the ZTA Foundation efforts to promote its national philanthropy – breast cancer awareness and prevention.
Sheppard’s sorority participates in a number of other fundraisers throughout the year for the cause including the sale of pink pancakes to HPU students and Seeds for Hope where pink flowers are planted in the shape of a ribbon on campus in honor and memory of breast cancer fighters and survivors.
“In this chapter, we always say, ‘someone knows someone,’” said Sheppard, “which is so true.”