A local golf tournament held last week to benefit youngsters statewide was a success.
More than 100 players participated in the eighth annual Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton Golf Tournament at Windermere Golf Club. The event raised $12,676 for the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes.
A grateful Paxton, who serves as president of the Youth Homes board of directors, said the program provides housing for children through donations alone.
“We always have a tremendous turnout,” Paxton said of the tournament. “It’s just been very gratifying to see all the support throughout the community.”
He said the organization currently houses 80 children throughout the state. He said the children have been displaced from their homes not because they got in trouble, but because their parents have died or are in jail, among other reasons.
“They’re just in need of a home and a nurturing environment and the Youth Homes has always stepped up and been there for that,” Paxton said. “So the importance of it is tremendous.
“It is our plan that we will continue to have that kind of support in the future and be able to support the Youth Homes progams throughout the state,” he said.