Charity Golf Tournament Will Give Raleigh, NC Children a Joyful Christmas

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The annual event honoring Chris Groom will be held in October to raise funds to provide local children with gifts and much needed clothing this Christmas.

The Chris Groom Memorial Fund will host its annual Captain’s Choice golf tournament on Monday October 15th 2012 at Wildwood Green Golf Club in Raleigh, NC. The proceeds from the tournament will be used to create a joyful Christmas for needy and underprivileged children in the area this holiday season. The tournament is open to anyone, regardless of ability, and there is always a need for more players and sponsors.

“The foundation was born out of the example Chris set when he gave a secret donation to our pastor one Sunday before Christmas, a few months prior to his death in a car accident,” says Suzanne Groom, Chris’s mother and co-founder of the foundation along with his father, Mike.
Each year, the foundation raises money through the annual golf tournament, and through the many people who sponsor Suzanne’s annual marathon runs, making it possible to help hundreds of children enjoy the holiday season.

The tournament begins with registration and a boxed lunch at 11 am, with complimentary driving range balls. Golfing kicks off with a shotgun start at 1 pm, and the tournament ends with dinner, raffle prizes and an awards ceremony at 6 pm. Participation costs $130 per player. There are skill prizes for Longest Drives, Closest to the Pins and Putting contests. Many sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Players and sponsors can register online at

“We’re very grateful to all of our sponsors and the players who take part every year,” says Mike. “This foundation has given us a way to honor our son and give meaning to the terrible tragedy that took him so young. We’re able to continue the work he started with his generous donation that Sunday at church.”

About The Chris Groom Memorial Fund
While driving to his work on October 23, 2003, 19 year-old Christopher Groom was killed in an auto accident. Just days after this tragedy, the Groom family learned that during the 2002 Christmas season, Chris had asked to meet with Pastor Bob O’Keef of North Raleigh United Methodist Church. During the meeting, Chris handed Pastor Bob an envelope with some money in it and asked the pastor to ensure that some underprivileged children got toys with it, but to keep the gift a secret from everyone, especially his parents, Mike and Suzanne. When Chris left the church, the pastor opened the envelope to find $100 in cash.

When Rev. O’Keef revealed the story of the gift at Chris’s funeral, the Groom family was inspired to set up a memorial fund in his name to help less fortunate children. Later, the Chris Groom Memorial Golf Tournament was created to grow Chris’s loving gift into a much larger fund for the needy children their son sought to help that Sunday in church.

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The Chris Groom Memorial Fund
2301 Stonehenge Drive, Suite 203
Raleigh, NC 27615
For more information, please visit or contact Mike at 919-906-5432.

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