Meyer Center golf tournament raises more than $500,000 for students with special needs

Greenville, SOUTH CAROLINA (May 10, 2017) – On May 2, the Meyer Center for Special Children hosted the 29th annual Kids Classic Golf Tournament at Green Valley Country Club and The Cliffs Valley, Keowee Falls and Mountain Park courses, raising $570,00 to support children with disabilities. Nearly 370 golfers participated in the 27-hole contest followed by a Henry’s Smokehouse catered meal at the Green Valley Clubhouse where players redeemed certificates for Footjoy and Titleist gear and course winners were announced. A VIP Party was held the night before at Zen in downtown Greenville, where event sponsors and special guests enjoyed live and silent auctions, entertainment by The Piedmont Boys, and food from Larkin’s Catering.

This year’s presenting sponsors were Greenville Maintenance Services, The Buying Source, and Tom & Brenda Boone, winners of the 2017 Meyer Award. Lexus of Greenville also sponsored again, raffling off a trip for 2 to play in the Lexus Champions for Charity tournament at Pebble Beach and giving every golfer the chance to win a 3-year lease by making a hole-in-one. A $100,000 cash prize was also up for grabs on each course and while a couple of players came close, no one was able to shoot an ace.

“I play a lot of golf and this is hands-down the best charity tournament in the Upstate,” said Clarence Edwards, event founder and Center board member. “The fact that so many sponsors, donors, volunteers and golfers come together year after year to raise as much money as we do says a lot about what the Meyer Center means to our community.”

Planning is already underway for the 30th annual Kids Classic Golf Tournament to be scheduled for the spring of 2018.

About the Meyer Center:  Located in Greenville, South Carolina for more than 60 years, the Meyer Center for Special Children provides developmental education and therapy services for children with special needs. Founded in 1954 by Dr. Leslie C. Meyer, the vision of the Meyer Center is to enrich the lives of children with special needs so they can reach their maximum potential. The Meyer Center currently serves more than 100 children ages 6 months to 7 years old. For more information call 864.250.0005 or visit