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May 14, 2013

"Swinging for Katie's Kids" golf tournament this weekend

Annual outing benefits children with cystic fibrosis

GARDENDALE — A popular golf tournament that has raised thousands of dollars for cystic fibrosis research is on tap again for this weekend.

The annual Swinging for Katie’s Kids tournament is Friday at Castle Pines Golf Course in Gardendale.

The tournament got its start nine years ago when Jeanne VonHagel asked the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church’s Knights of Columbus president, Thom Duran, for a donation while fund-raising for cystic fibrosis.

VonHagel’s daughter Katie was diagnosed with the disease at age 2.

Instead of simply making a donation, Duran decided to organize a golf tournament in order to raise more funds.

To date, the annual events have raised about $130,000.

All proceeds from the tournament goes to the Children’s Hospital of Alabama Pulmonary Unit.

“This is not about the game of golf, and it’s not about the church you go to,” said Duran, the tournament director. “It’s all about supporting children with cystic fibrosis because they have a very rough life.”

There is still time to sign up to participate in the tournament.

A team of four can sign up for $300, which includes a round of golf for four, lunch and gift bags. A variety of sponsorship levels are also available.

For more information, call the Laps for CF Foundation at 871-9140.

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