Volunteers are preparing for the 23rd annual Tommy Usher Log A Load for Kids Golf Classic, which will be held Oct. 19 at Chiefland Golf and Country Club. This year, event organizers are planning to celebrate the millionth dollar raised for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.
What originally began as loggers and wood-suppliers donating the value of a load of logs to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital has expanded into a variety of creative events. Ken and Lynetta Usher Griner, along with representatives of Farm Credit of Florida, Dee Dot Timberlands, N. G. Wade Investments Inc., and Suwannee Lumber Company have been the main organizers of the annual golf event. They have also relied heavily on other friends, family and industry partners to make it a success every year.
Since 1994, this local group has raised over $980,000 for the kids at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. The event is named in memory of Tommy Usher, who passed away in 1989 and was the youngest member of the board of directors of the Florida Forestry Association.
Lynetta Usher Griner, Tommy’s sister, has been involved in Log A Load for Kids for 23 years.
“Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are important to me because of our family and friends who have been helped by our local children’s hospital,” Griner said. “Our success is due to the sponsors, golfers and volunteers who return and support our event each and every year. We offer a day of fun and fellowship with exceptional food. Last year’s event brought out 120 golfers.”
Space is limited to only 50 teams for the golf classic. For more information on registration, please visit http://bit.ly/LaLGolf17.