The Southeast Produce Council’s 2016 Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic held May 18-19 in Greensboro, North Carolina, was a success, bringing in $84,500 for the event’s beneficiaries and delivering education and networking to attendees.
The event kicked off with a private tour of event beneficiary Victory Junction, a North Carolina-based camp for kids with chronic medical conditions, by 12 members of the SEPC. “We were truly amazed at the attention to detail that Victory Junction employs to provide every child with a fun, safe camp experience,” said SEPC executive director, David Sherrod.
The general session held on May 18 opened with a luncheon, leading into learnings from the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s 2015 State of the Plate, reviewed by PBH president Dr. Elizabeth Pivonka. The crowd enjoyed data showing the trends of fruit and vegetable consumption, as well as facts on produce’s correlation to certain diseases and potential ways to reach shoppers and entice them to purchase more produce.
Donations of $42,250 each were presented to both Victory Junction and the Produce for Better Health Foundation. Attendees also had the pleasure of hearing first-hand from one of the kids who attends Victory Junction every year and the positive impact it’s had on his life.
Kyle Petty, former NASCAR race driver, was the official starter of the golf tournament. Rocky “Rockstar” Shipes wowed golfers with his trick shot abilities and long drive skills. Shannon McIntosh, nationally-recognized stock car driver, was on the course to meet and greet golfers.
“We’re so grateful to everyone who came out to network, learn and help us raise funds for these two worthy causes,” Sherrod said. “We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors, retailers and attendees.”