Thank you to Alleghany-Covington Department of Social Services for your donation to GLOW!Amanda Griffith is the coordinator for the GLOW organization . They give gifts of love to local cancer fighters. We were able to present her with $85 from our October spirit day fundraiser. ... See MoreSee Less
I sent this letter to the editor in for publication June 29, but I don’t believe it has been published yet. I wanted to go ahead and post here so it could be viewed. Thanks again for all of your help to make the event a success!
The first annual “Hittin’ Balls for a Cause,” a golf tournament benefiting Giving Light to Our Warriors—a local 501(c)3 nonprofit—was held on May 21, 2022 at Cliff View Golf Club.
We had over 36 teams that participated in this exciting event. Lunch was provided to golfers by Cliff View Brewhouse after the first golfers came off the course and before the second wave took the course. The afternoon festivities included music by Buck & Shugah, DJ Justin Jefferson, Shawn Benfield, and Untrained Professionals, as well as food and apparel vendors and raffles. Memorial/Honorarium cards adorned the windshields of golf carts and fireworks rounded out this exciting day! Cash awards were presented in the evening, totaling $6,000, thanks to our generous sponsors. Mulligans purchased went to local cancer fighter, Debbie Jackson Fraley. GLOW presented funds collected from mulligans to Debbie during the awards ceremony.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
First and foremost, thank you to Cliff View Golf Club & Brewhouse. Thank you to the Sponaugles and the Manns and the entire team at Cliff View who went above and beyond to make this event successful.
Thank you to the tremendous support of our sponsors.
Sponsors included: Wright Way Motors (cash prize sponsor and hole in one car sponsor) Alcova Mortgage (cash prize sponsor) Highlands Community Bank (entertainment sponsor) Ingevity, Carilion Rockbridge Community Hospital, Serenity Properties & Farms, Cliff View Golf Club, Westrock, Covington Honda Nissan, Brian Center Low Moor, Velda & Nathan Craft, Kim & David Dzeima, Dustin & Melissa Dzeima, Mountain Air, Lesa’s Barber Shop, Balchem, The Flower Center, The Red Lantern Inn, Alleghany Highlands Mechanical, Jackson River Community Credit Union, Chapman Plumbing, Heating, & Air, Barnwood Blessings, Nicole Gumm Groseclose Insurance Solutions, Clifton Tire & Auto, Hemp Insurance, Taylor’s Hometown Automotive, Hilltop Detail—Donnie Lipes, People’s Bank, Wendy Poague & family in memory of Jon Gilbert, Carla Bowles, Heather Carlisle, Adam & Andy Kirby, in memory of Willie Bowles.
Raffle items were donated by Barnwood Blessings, Mary Beth Broughman, Michael’s Pizza, Clifton Tire & Auto, ACE True Value, Jessica Gibson, Scarlet Nicely, Rustic Elegance, Allura Aesthetics, Four Moon Designs, Peoples Bank, Nicely’s Kwik Lube, Erin Huffman, Michelle Shumaker, The Homestead, Ashley Plantation Country Club, Cliftondale Country Club, Botetourt Golf Club.
Windshield cards were purchased and placed in memory of Willie Bowles, Ray Keen, Sr., Vickie Fridley Blackburn, Jon Gilbert, and Connie Simmons and in honor of Kathy Keen, Sharla Reynolds, Debbie Fraley, Frank Sponaugle, Angela Sponaugle, Stacey Bryant, Tonya Wolfe, and Amanda Griffith.
Thank you to Virginian Review, The Recorder, and Big Al for your publicity of the event.
Thank you to our special golf tournament volunteers—Scott, Sharla, Abby, & Donovan Reynolds, Brianna Tayler, Emma Wolfe, Wyatt & Natalie Griffith, Eli Weese, and Mary Beth Broughman—50-50 salesperson extraordinaire!
Over $15,000 was raised at this event.
One in three persons will get a cancer diagnosis in his or her lifetime. Please be vigilant in cancer screenings—skin cancer screenings, colonoscopy, mammograms, and yearly check-ups with your physicians. Early detection saves lives.
Fueled by the generosity of many of the sponsors listed above, as well as the giving individuals in this community, we have provided over $15,000 in gifts of love to local cancer warriors since our non-profit was formed in 2020.
Those who have received a cancer diagnosis only need to do a simple online application on our website, www.givinglighttoourwarriors.com to apply for a gift of love.
Thank you to all who participated in “Hittin’ Balls for a Cause” in any way. We appreciate your support and look forward to making this an annual event.
Our bodies are wore out, but our hearts are so full.
If you were there at the awards ceremony yesterday you got to experience a little bit of the JOY that comes from being able to bless someone who is going through one of the toughest times in their lives.
I don’t have it down to the penny this morning, but thanks to all of our generous sponsorship, our golfers who came out and supported us, as well as everyone else who came out yesterday, it’s looking like this event raised close to $15,000.
Y’all are simply amazing, This community always steps up. Always. You blow me away.
Thank you so much to our vendors who came out yesterday. The bbq was amazing, the tacos were amazing, the fish was amazing and the Icees were refreshing! Shirts the GLOW crew were wearing were made by Appalachian Designs and it may be our favorite shirts to date! She rocked them out!
Thank you so much to Cliff View Golf Club & Brewhouse. We were proud to hold the event at your beautiful establishment and look forward to making it even better next year.
Thank you to all the volunteers, some part of GLOW, and some who jumped in to help because they are just awesome humans. We couldn’t have done it without you all.
The real winners of yesterday’s event are the men and women who will receive these gifts of love to help them through their battle. Thank you everyone who made that possible.
Cancer doesn’t send an invitation. It doesn’t ask if you’re ready for it to come over. It’s inconvenient and unwanted.
Our journeys change us, connect us, and help us to encourage others. That’s why we are here.
Thank you for all you do to help make our mission possible. 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you so much for all you do for our community and those that have to fight this horrible disease. You helped a young lady born and raised here with her battle last year Clair S. Dilley and we are forever thankful and grateful for your support during our darkest hours💛🙏💛
Pink Tie Group continues to go above and beyond in order to bless those fighting this ugly disease. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for deciding to bless my Mama, Debbie Jackson Fraley, this year. My cup/her cup/my family’s cup runneth over ♥️
Great event! I’ve played in a lot of tournaments. You would never guess this was the first one you all put together. Thank you for a great day! Loved seeing so many people together, laughing and having a great time. With so much division and outright hatred in the world today, it is always nice to see small town communities working together for a good cause.
This tournament was amazing. Thank you so much for letting my family and I pay it forward by helping. We had a lot of fun and can’t wait to help out again. Words cannot express how lucky our community is to have such an organization like this stepping in to help out where there is a need. The Reynolds Clan knows first hand what a blessing The Pink Tie Group is when cancer knocks you down. You all rock!!
Love everything everyone did, very thoughtful!❤️
Great job ladies! It was well organized, fun and for a wonderful cause 💕💕
The Pink Tie Group held yet another awesome event! Thanks for the hard work you do to give back to those in need!
Great job ladies!!!
Love to get involved since I have stage 4 throat cancer and Love them shirts
Of you hold ot mext year please let me know. Thanks
The Pink Tie Group I want to thank each and everyone of you who assisted with this amazing event. Words cannot express how much I love each and everyone of you and your love and support you have shown to me and my family during this difficult time. God has many crowns for each of you and lots of blessings coming your way. Your thoughts and prayers have helped pull me through this and encouraged me to fight and keep my faith during these difficult days. Please call upon me as I would love to join up with you all to help and assist others. Again I cannot ever thank each of you enough!!! Love and bless each of you every day💗💗💗
***PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION ABOUT SATURDAY'S HITTIN' BALLS FOR A CAUSE***
Giving Light to Our Warriors—an Alleghany Highlands based 501c3 is hosting a golf tournament and live music event to benefit local cancer warriors. The event will be held on Saturday May 21 at Cliff View Golf Club, 410 Friels Dr., Covington. The golf tournament is captain’s choice with two flights and two tee times, 8am and 1pm. Golfers will enjoy a BBQ lunch provided by Cliff View Brewhouse, two beverage coupons, as well as goodie bags and wrist bands for all day live music. Lunch will be served at noon for golfers. Prizes for golf winners in two flights will be $750 first place, $500 second place and $300 third place. There will be $500 cash prizes for men, women, and seniors in closest to pin and longest drive. Prize winnings are sponsored by Wright Way Motors, Alcova Mortgage, Highlands Community Bank, Carilion Rockbridge Community Hospital, Brian Center, and Covington Honda Nissan. Mulligan package will be available day of event.
All funds collected from the sale of mulligans will be donated to Debbie Jackson Fraley to assist with expenses in her breast cancer fight.
There is a chance to win a 2022 Honda HRV donated by Wright Way Motors for the first person to get a hole in one on hole 14, as well as three more hole in one prizes!
****This is a huge day for golfers, but it certainly isn’t a day for only golfers! Let’s talk about the after party!***
We will have live music starting at 3pm. Alleghany Highlands own Buck & Shugah will be kicking things off at 3pm with their amazing honky tonk sounds. DJ Justin Jefferson will be with us to spin some tunes and emcee our awards ceremony. Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Benfield, hailing from Southern WV will take the stage at 7pm. His music has been compared to Dave Rawlings Machine, Justin Townes Earle, and Drive By Truckers. Closing out this spectacular day of music will be The Untrained Professionals. This duo of longtime live music veterans Clinton Scott and Chris Huddle make up the rock and roll band known for covering a wide range of classic jams by artists like Johnny Cash and Breaking Benjamin. ALL of these talented performers are brought to you by our entertainment sponsor, Highlands Community Bank.
There will be food vendors offering a variety of deliciousness from Caribbean jerk chicken & Mac, tacos, BBQ platters, burgers, hot dogs, and fried fish sammies! Beverages available for purchase as well. If you plan to purchase alcohol, be sure to have your ID. We will have raffles and 50/50. Bring your lawn chair and your appetite and come enjoy this wonderful day with us! General Admission wristbands will be sold at the door and will be $10/each. Under 18 free with adult purchase. There will be tons of raffles as well as a 50/50!
Appalachian Designs, LLC will be on-site making custom Hittin’ Balls for a Cause shirts as well as other items for purchase! Once you see these, y’all are going to want one, so stick a few extra dollars in your pocket to pick up one of those!
***Please note this is CASH ONLY on the day of the event, so don’t forget to stop by the ATM on your way up!***
Awards ceremony for golf winners will be held at 6pm, as well as lighting of the lanterns in honor and memory of cancer warriors. After the sun sets, we will celebrate this spectacular day with a fireworks display brought to you by Serenity Property and Farms, LLC.
Giving Light to Our Warriors (GLOW) became a 501(c)3 in 2020. Since then, GLOW has had the privilege of distributing over $13,000 in individualized gifts of love to local cancer warriors. GLOW is passionate about supporting local cancer fighters and is grateful to Alleghany Highlands residents and businesses for their overwhelming support in making this organization successful.
If you would like to donate to this event, mailed donations can be sent to GLOW, PO Box 22, Covington, VA 24426. We also have a donate button on our website, www.givinglighttoourwarriors.com.
We look forward to golf and live music and giving away lots of prizes on May 21, but the REAL winners will be the cancer fighters who will receive these gifts of love as they fight their fight.
8 am-morning tee off 12 Noon-Lunch for morning and afternoon golfers 1pm-afternoon tee off 3pm-Buck & Shugha 6pm-Golf awards and lighting of the lanterns 7pm-Shawn Benfield 9pm-The Untrained Professionals Fireworks
WHAT TO BRING: Lawn Chair CASH for gate fee (non-golfers) CASH for food, raffles, 50/50 YOUR BOOGIE SHOES!
💕Come on out Saturday and enjoy the beautiful spring day in the Alleghany Highlands and support your local warriors! 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
This beautiful beauty has been kicking butt during her cancer battle. Her support system is huge but she needs a little extra help.
May 21, Saturday’s Hittin’ Balls for a Cause, all money raised from the sale of mulligans ($10/person if you choose to do so) will go towards Debbie’s expense.
⛳️ ⛳️⛳️⛳️⛳️ We ONLY have 2 spots open for the tournament. Tee time for those 2 spots 8AM
⛳️⛳️⛳️⛳️⛳️Who wants to help our community and Debbie in the fight against cancer?!?!?This beautiful lady in the back center, Mrs. Debbie Fraley has been busy kicking cancer’s butt for the last several months.
At next Saturday’s Hittin’ Balls for a Cause, all money raised from the sale of mulligans ($10/person if you choose to do so) will go towards Debbie’s expenses.
Debbie and her entire family are the first to step up to help others. Let’s step up and help her on Saturday! 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
Hittin' Balls for A Cause is not JUST a golf tournament! We will have live music starting in the afternoon, along with food vendors, raffles, and more! Appalachian Designs will be onsite to crank you out a groovy HB4aC t-shirt! Food, beverages, live music. It's a party, y'all! Come out and join us on May 21st!
We would like to thank Velda & Nathan Craft for donating goodies for our golfers as well as lanterns for the evening for our cancer warriors.
We also extend a huge thank you to Kim & David Dzeima for donating koozies for our golfers as well as shirts for our GLOW team to wear on the day of the event.
These families have been great supporters of Pink Tie Gala and GLOW for several years and we appreciate you! ... See MoreSee Less
Let's talk about HOLE SPONSORS! Y'ALL UNDERSTOOD THE ASSIGNMENT!
Thank you to the following Hole Sponsors for the first annual Hittin' Balls for a Cause:
Carla Bowles and family, in memory of Willie Taylor's Hometown Automotive Hilltop Detailing--Donnie Lipes Brian Center Low Moor Covington Honda Nissan TIMES 4 Mountain Air Lesa's Barber Shop Wendy Poague and family, in memory of John Gilbert Chapman Plumbing, Heating and Air Balchem The Flower Center The Red Lantern Inn Jackson River Community Credit Union Barnyard Blessings Alleghany Highlands Mechanical
Pay attention to this list! These are local businesses you can count on not only for good and services, but also to support local endeavors! We appreciate your support so much!