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Golf tournament raises funds for first responders group

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Staff photo by Derrek Asberry Jeremy Hembree sinks a put at the annual Support 1 Golf Tournament held at Midland Valley Country Club.

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Jeremy Hembree loves playing golf, but his most recent trip to the green will have a much bigger impact than what showed up on his scorecard.


Hembree is a first responder with Aiken Public Safety and participated in Monday’s third annual Support 1 Charity Golf Tournament.


The tournament was held at the Midland Valley Country Club, and the funds raised by Support 1 will go to offer free International Critical Incident Stress Management training first responders like Hembree.


“We really appreciate this effort, because it shows that organizations are taking notice of what we do, and their efforts will help ensure that work won’t follow us home to our personal lives and into our families,” Hembree said.


The tournament gave four golfers the chance to win $50,000 and also included a club car golf cart giveaway, which was donated by Augusta Auto Auction and customized by Atomic Customs.


Christian Stutts was another participant in Monday’s tournament and joked that even though the tournament was all about having fun, nobody likes to lose.


“Support 1 does a lot for EMS, for the firefighters and Public Safety,” Stutts said. “Those guys see a lot of trying times, and when something does happen, groups like Support 1 do a great job of taking care of them.”


Melanie Chavous, cofounder of the event, said the tournament has quickly become one of the group’s premier fundraisers.


The group puts on seven training courses a year.


By raising nearly $10,000 a year through the tournament, Chavous said those training efforts always produce positive results.


“It’s just a fun tournament,” she said. “We have a lot of golfers who work in these critical professions and just those who like to play and help out, so it’s been a fun event for everyone.”


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