LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The annual Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament started off without a hitch on Monday as 60 teams, the tournament's capacity, hit the green with the eye on the prize.
Vendors from all over the Brookshire Brothers market in Texas and Louisiana joined together at Crown Colony, including Morris and Dickson Co. L.L.C, a company that provides pharmaceutical supplies to the grocery chain.
"We love to participate in this golf tournament because all the money, all the proceeds go to their charitable foundation, and what's nice about that is it's twice a year, and we know as vendors that 100 percent of it goes to local charities and local organizations," said Walter Howell with Morris and Dickson Co. "It's a great way for them to serve their community, and we feel good about it too because we know we're helping out their community."
For more than 15 years, the golf tournaments have raised $1.6 million for non-profits throughout the market area.
"Having a waiting list is a good problem to have," Jerry Jenkins, President and CEO of Brookshire Brothers, said in a press release. "Our venders are incredibly generous. They love coming to Lufkin, playing Crown, and knowing their time and dollars are being returned to the Alzheimer's Association, Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo, East Texas Alliance for Children, Boys and Girls Club and a host of other helping agencies. Having all of these visitors in town helps everyone."
Golfers got the chance to hear from the Mosaic Center as well as the Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo on how their donations have helped their organizations.