By Khyra Walker for The Island Eye News
The 6th annual Mt. Pleasant Charity Open took place July 27-29 at Patriots Points Links on Charleston Harbor. Despite the weather, the charity event played host to nearly 100 golfers and surpassed last year’s raised amount for the chosen beneficiary.
This year the Pro/Am raised $6,500 for Bert’s Big Adventure, the selected recipient, bringing the total amount raised over the tournament’s 6-year history to nearly $30,000. Previous beneficiaries include area cancer patients and the American Cancer Society.
Bert’s Big Adventure provides a magical all expenses-paid, 5-day journey to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. Bert’s Big Adventure prides itself on creating programs and fostering a community that goes beyond the 5-day trip.
Following the annual trip to Walt Disney World, the organization provides year-round support through initiatives such as the Reunion Adventures, the Fairy Godparent volunteer program and additional charitable services.
“Given the unfortunate weather forecast, we are so thankful for the Charleston community and their commitment to supporting our annual charity open,” said Brad Parker, PGA, General Manager of Patriots Point. “The team at Patriots Points Links is beyond thrilled to continually surpass our annual fundraising goals and continue to impact and support incredible organizations like Bert’s Big Adventure.”
Bert’s Big Adventure established in 2002, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides a magical journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. To qualify for Bert’s Big Adventure, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12, live in “The Bert Show” listening area, prove financial need and have never been to Walt Disney World®. The trip and programs create a community of families that establish lasting friendships with others facing similar challenges. Online at BertsBigAdventure.org