GSC golf tourney keeps tradition going by raising $70,000
From Staff Reports

GSC Enterprises Inc. Chairman and CEO Mickey McKenzie presents a $70,000 check to be shared by organizations the benefit children in Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County. Shown left to right are Jerry Edwards, Martin Braddy, Paul Bennett, Wendy Frizzell, Barry Smink, Mickey McKenzie, Gina Law, Lucy Vaden, Valinda Hathcox, Larry Kerns and Betty Weir.
Photo courtesy of GSC Enterprises Inc.

Sept. 29, 2005 - GSC Enterprises Inc. continued a long-standing company tradition this month by raising tens of thousands of dollars for organizations that help serve the children of Hopkins County.

GSC’s 17th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament, held Sept. 21 at The Tribute Golf Club at The Colony, brought 180 players to compete for various prizes at the popular links designed after notable golf courses in Scotland.

GSC, through the generosity of its many manufacturer/broker and various other business partners participating in the event, raised $70,000 for several local foundations and agencies serving the children of Hopkins County.

�The real winners of the event are the children of Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County,� said tournament chairman Steve Shing, GSC corporate vice president-marketing and trade relations. �This was a tremendous effort by one company for the children of our county.�

Following tournament play, Mickey McKenzie, chairman and chief executive officer of GSC Enterprises Inc., presented the donations to representatives of the selected agencies: Make A Wish Foundation of North Texas; Lake Country CASA; Boys & Girls Club of Sulphur Springs; Hopkins County Community Chest; North East Texas Child Advocacy Center; and GSC’s Employee Scholarship Program.

McKenzie also spoke of GSC’s responsibility to support these agencies that serve the community throughout the year.

Larry Kerns, president and chief operating officer of GSC Enterprises Inc., acknowledged each agency and foundation for their contribution to the families of Hopkins County during the awards presentation following the tournament. He specifically named several children in the area who benefited from the proceeds from last year’s tournament.

Four local businesses supported GSC’s Benefit Golf Tournament by player and/or hole sponsorships; Alliance Bank, Best Western Trail Dust Inn, KSST/Channel 18, and JB Weld.

GSC has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to charity since the first benefit golf tournament was held in San Antonio in 1988. GSC moved the tournament to the Dallas-Fort Worth area four years ago to increase the overall participation and to direct the proceeds to agencies and foundations in the Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County area. GSC has donated a total of $245,000 to local agencies as a result of tournaments the last four years.

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