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MANE’s 2019 Course for Hope Golf Tournament, Dinner and Auction sponsored by Regions Bank


Renderings of Pegasus helped illustrate the theme of MANE’s Course for Hope 2019, which was to “Inspire New Heights!” On March 4, at Wynlakes Golf Course, 26 golf foursomes competed for Apple Watches, Apple 4K TVs, Lenovo Smart Displays and other prizes over the course of 18 holes. Hole-in-one prizes included two Riverside Chevrolet Silverados and a Tag Heuer watch, courtesy of Ware Jewelers.

Golfers were welcomed with a lunch, sponsored by Synovus, and MANE’s miniature horse, Whinnie, even braved the chilly weather to wish each competitor the best of luck as they headed for the golf course.

“Closest to the Pin” winners on the four par-3 holes were given a chance to win one million dollars. Four men attempted to get the ball in the hole from 165 yards away from the 18th pin to claim the cash. A brisk wind yielded a very challenging playing environment, with three of four contestants hitting the green but not sinking the ball.

Despite chilly temperatures and drizzling rain, participants gave a good ole college try and had a successful day of golfing! The Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood team were the tournament champions and won Lenovo Smart Displays. Runners-up were from the Ainsworth Team who were awarded Apple Watches. Third-place winners from Dixie Electric won Apple 4K TVs.

MANE board members and the program director greeted guests for the evening festivities, which included a cocktail reception before a divine steak dinner, sponsored by Merrill Lynch. On the tables, “cumulus” clouds and twinkle lights surrounded bottles of red wine and white galvanized buckets filled with bottles of white wine, courtesy of United Johnson Brothers. Arthur DuCote of Regions Bank led the evening prayer and thanked God for the dinner, the event, the blessings bestowed on each participant and for MANE.

As soon as the servers left the ballroom, Granger Thaggard Auctioneers took their places and Jack Granger encouraged, coaxed, coddled and entertained the audience, making sure each auction item went for top dollar. Live auction items included an E-Z Go S4 Golf Cart, an oil painting by Becky Chrzanowski, deep-sea fishing packages, luxurious golf and spa retreats, trips to Nashville, North Carolina, Louisiana, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Bahamas, and sporting events including a Tennessee Titans game and VIP access to the PGA Golf Tournament.

The “Catch A Miracle” program garnered more than 192 rider scholarships, ensuring that more deserving families than ever before will have access to MANE’s services and resources. Course for Hope is an event held every other year at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club to help provide funding for the equine-assisted activities program for River Region children and adults (including veterans) who have physical, cognitive, developmental and emotional disabilities. Save the date for MANE’s next Course for Hope Golf Tournament Dinner and Auction on March 1, 2021. Another incredible event to add to your calendar is MANE’s “Raise the Roof” party hosted by Wintzell’s Oyster House at MANE’s therapeutic riding facility on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Visit MANE’s website or call 334.213.0309 for event updates and information about riding, volunteering and donating. MANE is located at 3699 Wallahatchie Road, Pike Road, Alabama 36064.

Sidebar of Sponsors:

Adams Drugs; AES Industries; Ainsworth Game Technology, Alabama Power Company; Aprio, LLP; Aronov Realty Management, Inc.; Balch & Bingham, LLP; Baptist Health; Beasley Allen; Brasfield & Gorrie; CMH Architects; Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air; Evans Meats and Seafood; Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood; HOAR Construction; Neptune Technology Group; Power South; Ready Mix USA; Stewart Perry Construction; Sysco Central Alabama; and The W A Williamson Family Foundation.

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