Many local businesses and groups are joining together again for the annual Putt for a Cure tournament held at the Kingsport Putt Putt located at 346 West Stone Drive.
This fundraising event is now in its 8th year. Just in the last 3 years they have raised more than $60,000 for St. Jude’s Research Hospital. The Loafer is proud to be one of the sponsors.
Proprietor Dan Estes, who has owned the location since 1972 is one of those local businessmen who firmly believe in giving back. Dan, his wife Marsha and their staff join with other volunteers to make this event a success. Almost everything is donated, and Dan tells us that 100% of the proceeds go to St. Jude’s.
Starting with registration and food at 5:00, the tournament gets underway at 6:00 and typically goes to 10:00 or 10:30. Three top local bands are playing, Asylum Suite, Benny Wilson and Ivy Road. They’ll be serving hot dog and hamburger platters and a special concoction, Dan’s Soon to be Famous Hamburger (only available once a year at this event). He won’t give out the recipe but promises a unique experience to anyone trying it! Mark Dewitt, an alderman from Rogersville, volunteers every year to do the grilling and lots of volunteers help with literally everything.
Donation is $25 per person or $100 for a four-person team. There are several categories of competition including a pro division which is worth watching just to see how these folks can putt. I know I’m jealous of their talent! There are prizes galore, all donated by local caring businesses, and everyone who enters goes home with a door prize, some of which are quite nice. There is a silent auction that includes golf packages, hotel rooms, golf clubs, makeup kits, sports memorabilia and untold numbers of gift baskets and goodie bags. The auction enters its final phase at 9:30 and once they announce last bids, you have just a couple minutes to get your final bid entered.
Over the years, many former St. Jude’s patients have participated in this event, and this year is no exception. A pat on the back or an attaboy is all they are looking for – that and having some fun at Putt Putt!
Come on out this Thursday, August 3rd, have a great time, take home a nice prize and help St. Jude’s at the same time. Dan expects between 75 and 90 teams. Give them a call and get pre-registered at 423-247-3531. You’ll be glad you did!