Tournament benefits child abuse center
By Briana Harris / Staff Writer
PELHAM – Dozens will come together Sunday, Sept. 11, for Pub 261’s 6th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting the Clay House Children’s Center in Bessemer.
The tournament will begin at 7:45 a.m. at the Roebuck Municipal Golf Course, 8920 Roebuck Boulevard in Birmingham.
The Clay House Children’s Center helps facilitate the intervention, investigation, prosecution, and medical/therapeutic treatment of child abuse victims, according to its website.
Pub 261 owner Mike Sarvaunt said this will be the third year tournament proceeds have been donated to the center.
“I heard about the Clay House through friends and I just thought that it was a great cause,” he said.
So far four four-person teams have signed up for the tournament, Sarvaunt said during an interview Thursday, Aug. 4. He said a maximum of 24 teams is allowed for the tournament.
The cost is $100 per person team member. Corporate sponsors can sponsor a golf hole for $100, $300 or $500.
Last year’s tournament raised $6,300 for the Clay House.
“Last year’s donation was the biggest donation the home has ever had,” Sarvaunt said. “We’re trying to beat last year’s donation so we’re looking for corporate sponsors to help put us over the edge.”
Paul Camp, a member of the Clay House Board of Directors, said the donation will mainly go toward paying payroll. With state and federal budgets being tight, he said the center is seeking other ways to make payroll.
Breakfast and lunch is provided for teams and sponsors and beer is provided to golf tournament participants free of charge. Sarvaunt said beer and liquor vendors will be on site as well.