168 golfers tee off for Ronald McDonald House

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Golfers hit the greens to raise some green to help families with sick children Monday morning.

168 players teed off in the 19th annual Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House golf tournament at the Johnson City Country Club.

The event raises between $55,000 and $60,000 for the non-profit organization.

The Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House is located in Johnson City, but provides a temporary home-away-from-home for children and families of seriously ill children throughout the Southern Appalachian region.

“We move about a thousand people through the house a year,” says Executive Director Rowena Bailey, “and 56% of those people come from Southwest Virginia, so if we weren’t available, they would have nowhere to stay, except in a waiting room and in their cars.”

Bailey says the money raised from this event help make the stay for families as pleasant as possible.

“We have to have water and electricity and air conditioning and heat,” she says, “because our families stay there, so those are essentials for us, and that’s what it goes for, is to support what I call the every amenities of living.”

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