United Way Golf Tournament to Honor Larry Basham

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A traditional fundraising event here in Anderson County is changing its name this year to honor its founder.  The United Way Golf Tournament is now known as the Larry Basham Memorial United Way Golf Classic.

Larry Basham was a prominent educator here in Anderson County starting as a teacher in Anderson County High School.  He then moved to the middle school where he became the assistant principal and later the principal before becoming the school district’s assistant superintendent. After serving 31 years here in the county, he retired in 2009 and passed away from leukemia in 2014.

During his time at the school system, he started volunteering at the local United Way.  He wanted to create a new kind of fundraiser to help support all the amazing programs the United Way sponsors in the county.  His wife, Barbara Basham, also explained, “He wanted to find a way to draw attention to the community…and also highlight the good deeds of the United Way.”

Larry came up with the idea of a golf tournament 19 years ago, and ever since then it has been a success.  According to Barbara, the tournament has raised over $60,000 since it began.  Larry also found a way to include the golf team from the high school by getting a sponsor to give a donation for their travel expenses.  “He was very good at getting people involved,” Barbara said.

This year’s tournament will be held at Wild Turkey Trace Golf Course on US62 on May 14, starting at 8:30am.  The first place team will receive $100 per member and second place will receive $50 per member.  Registration is $60 for an individual or $240 for a team of four.  For more information, please contact Jerry Howell (502-548-2498) at jjhowell@roadrunner.com or Carol Bates (859-536-2523) at Carol.Bates@uwbg.org.

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