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Happy ThanksGolfing Classic

Tournament planners (l-r): Robbin Mallett, Beth Butler, Steve Fuqua, Constable Trever Nehls and Mandi Bronsell.

Tournament planners (l-r): Robbin Mallett, Beth Butler, Steve Fuqua, Constable Trever Nehls and Mandi Bronsell.

Nov. 23 event aids homeless families in Fort Bend

Fort Bend Family Promise invites area businesses and golfers and to be part of its 11th annual charity golf tournament and help homeless Fort Bend families get back into homes during the upcoming holiday season. The Happy ThanksGolfing Classic will be held at Sweetwater Country Club on Nov. 23.

“We love our tradition of hosting this tournament the Monday before Thanks­giving,” said Tournament Coordinator Robbin Mallett. “It’s usually nice weather and a great chance to get in a last game of golf before the holiday season. But more importantly, it’s a time when we stop to count our blessings and remember those who are not as fortunate. Fort Bend Family Promise serves children every day whose families have literally been sleeping in their cars and have no place to else to turn.

“Fort Bend is an affluent community, so it’s easy to forget that we do have low income families who are struggling and living paycheck to paycheck,” added Mallett. “A crisis, such as a car accident, medical issue or job loss, can cause these families to lose their housing, but with a little help, they can return to independence. More than 80 percent of the families in our program get back into permanent housing, typically within 40 days.”

Golf registration is $150 per person. The practice range and lunch are available at 11:15 a.m. The scramble format-shotgun start for the four-player teams begins at 12:15 p.m. with a delicious dinner and awards following the conclusion of play. Contests, prizes and a great course make this a popular tournament with golfers and those who just want to come out and help homeless families. Register online at fortbendfamilypromise.org/events.

Local businesses are also invited to become tournament sponsors or contribute in-kind services or auction items. For details, call 832-314-5112.

Fort Bend Family Promise is the County’s only nonprofit agency committed to helping homeless families with children get back to self-sufficiency. The organization pursues this mission by uniting faith communities in a cooperative effort to provide shelter, meals and comprehensive support. Fort Bend Family Promise is supported by 16 area churches.

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