KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - Teeing off for a good cause was the focus of today's golf tournament in Kennett. The 8th annual Kennett Cup was held at the Kennett Country Club. All proceeds went to the Delta Children's Home.
Jeff McCormick, Delta Children's Home board president, said the non-profit helps rehabilitate children when they are taken from home for various reasons. "They're very scared when they come in. They don't know what's going on, and you know without these types of fundraisers, we are just not able to provide housing for the children."
The kids are placed with the Delta Children's Home for many reasons. McCormick said, "Now whether their parents are in trouble for some type of drug problem, whether it's abuse or neglect situation, that's the way those kids are coming into the home."
It is fundraisers like the Kennett Cup that help fund the two facilities owned by the Children's Home. "It's through these fundraisers that we have the ability to provide a safe, sanitary place for these children," added McCormick.
Harold Perkins, director of the Kennett Cup, said all those who help with the event along with the golfers are there to have fun and help a good cause. Perkins said, "They get no prizes what so ever, no money, no nothing. It is strictly for pride and when they go home that night they know they can stand a little bit taller for what they did that day."
An auction was also held this afternoon to help raise funds for the Delta Children's Home. The live auction included a guitar signed by Kennett native, Sheryl Crow.
McCormick says these fundraisers have all the right elements to equal success, and they are very thankful for the support they receive from the community of Kennett. "It's local, it's home, it's for children. You just can't ask for anything more."
The Kennett Cup donated $12,000 to the Delta Children's Home.