By Lynne Lindsay
The Roswell Rotary Club will be hosting the 39th Aubrey Greenway Golf Tournament and 5th Annual Hagan Cup Classic tennis tournament on Monday, September 11, at the Roswell Country Club. In addition to the multiple divisions of golfers and tennis players, the day will also include dinner, online raffle and casino night, and DJ/dancing, with all proceeds to benefit local charities.
Seeing a need for a community fundraiser, Roswell Rotarians Frank Brown, Judge Maurice Hilliard, and former mayor of Roswell Aubrey Greenway began the golf tournament in 1978. In 2013, the Hagan Cup Classic tennis tournament, named after Bob Hagan in honor of his service to the community, was added to the fundraiser.
Morning and afternoon flights of golf are offered with the first flight beginning at 7 a.m., with over 250 golfers anticipated to participate.
“The tournament is one of the largest all volunteer community fundraisers in the Southeast. In 2016 the event netted over $202,000 which goes to the 40 local nonprofits that Roswell Rotary supports as well as internationally. This tournament is our only fundraiser and our club comes together as a team so that our legacy of giving continues,” said Danny Broadway, golf committee co-chair.
“Last year we had around 55 players in the morning and afternoon flights. We expect to well exceed this in 2017. Atlanta has the world’s largest tennis-based community including 80,000 ALTA members. So it only made sense to give those folks a way to support local charities through Rotary. We’ve found tennis players to be very generous with their time and financial support and look forward to another great turnout,” said Rich Austin, tennis committee chair.
New this year is an online raffle open to all legal residents 21 and older in the State of Georgia. Raffle packages include items such as a South African Safari, lodging in Italy, week long stays in Edisto Island, Hilton Head, Harbour Island and Bear Mountain. In addition are entertainment packages with VIP space rental at Gate City for 100 people; a Big Green Egg; Yeti Cooler; a sports package with tickets to the Georgia Swarm Lacrosse home games, the Gwinnett Braves, and the College Football Hall of Fame.
Tickets may be purchased at Roswell Rotary or at raffle.roswellrotary.com. Tickets are $50 each or twelve tickets for $500.00. The raffle is open now and will close on September 11 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.roswellrotary.club.
Bottom row: Lisa Carlisle, Pres. of Roswell Rotary; Mindy Jones, Co-Chair of the Tennis Tournament
Back row: Michael Agurkis, Co-Chair of the Golf Tournament; Danny Broadway, also Golf Co-Chair; and Rich Austin, Co-Chair of the Tennis Tournament.