NC reclaims Carolinas Cup as the annual golf championship delivers a wealth of good
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
North and South Carolina credit unions and business partners came together October 27-29 for the 15th Annual Carolinas Cup Golf Championship at the Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte, NC. Hosted by CUNA Mutual Group, the two-day competition raises money for the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation’s partnership with Victory Junction to exclusively sponsor its Reach Program.
Provided at every Ronald McDonald House and nearly every children’s hospital in the Carolinas, the Reach Program brings entertaining and interactive activities as a healthy distraction for families and patients.
Carolinas Cup SC Captain Paul Hughes of Greenville FCU and NC Captain TJ Wyman of Coastal CU were responsible for the pairings at each day’s round. The first round ended with South Carolina up. Ultimately, however, the North Carolina team handily took the Carolinas Cup trophy back from South Carolina.
In addition to the time on the course, participants bid on silent and live auction items, including vacation packages. Nearly $25,000 was raised from the auctions alone thanks to the generosity of the attendees and those who donated. Final proceeds from the golf tournament to be announced soon.
Also, in attendance were Victory Junction staff and a family who experienced the magic of Victory Junction through the Reach Program. Crystal, mother to her seven-year-old son Brody, spoke on their journey over the last several years following Brody’s Leukemia diagnosis. The audience heard about his uplifting experience with Reach staff over the course of his ongoing treatment at the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic and the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC.
Brody, a huge fan of the Clemson Tigers, then brought tons of smiles to the audience when CUNA Mutual Group’s Randy Coleman presented him with a Clemson football signed by Coach Dabo Swinney and a national championship-branded six-pack of Coca-Cola.
|Brody (center) is joined by his parents Crystal and Brian, and his little sister, as they share the impact of Victory Junction’s Reach Program. Later, CUNA Mutual Group’s Randy Coleman presents Brody with a Clemson football signed by Coach Dabo Swinney.
“The Carolinas Foundation would like to express its utmost gratitude to CUNA Mutual Group for hosting such a great event, and to this year’s sponsors, players and auction donors for supporting this great cause,” said Carolinas Foundation President Lauren Whaley.
The Carolinas Cup has raised money for Victory Junction since it started in 2004, and over the last 15 years more than $750,000 has been raised for Victory Junction through the tournament.
For more photos from the 15th Annual Carolinas Cup, visit the Foundation’s Facebook page. Then “Like” and “Follow” the Foundation on Facebook to stay informed about the Carolinas Cup and other upcoming events.
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