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Golf Event to Benefit State Adoption Program; Nicholasville course to host event

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 22, 2010  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2010) – Kentucky golfers are invited to a charity golf event that will benefit public adoption and raise awareness of the more than 1,800 children in the state who have the goal of finding a permanent home.

The fifth annual Kentucky Mulligan Invitational is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 18, at Champion Trace Golf Club, 20 Avenue of Champions, Nicholasville. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Cost is $500 for a four-person team or $125 per player and includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and dinner. Prizes will be awarded for low net and low gross.

The event also includes a program emceed by former University of Kentucky basketball star Cameron Mills, an appearance by Mrs. Kentucky International Elaine Bateman and a comedy performance by Jeff Allen, who highlights the humor in everyday family life. Guests can pay $40 for just dinner and the evening comedy show.

The Mulligan Society of Kentucky and CBMC are sponsoring the event. The nonprofit groups will use the proceeds to support the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP). SNAP will use its funding to recruit more adoptive families.

Mike Grimes, manager of the CHFS Adoption Services Branch, said the golf event has become an important partnership for the state’s adoption efforts.

“For five years, this event has raised funds for the Special Needs Adoption Program and awareness about the need for more loving parents to make the commitment of adoption,” Grimes said.

Of the more than 7,000 Kentucky children in state out-of-home care, more than 1,800 children have the goal of adoption.

More than 360 of these children are awaiting adoption and have no identified adoptive family. Nationally, 463,000 children are in the foster care system, and 123,000 of those children are awaiting adoption.

Check-in and registration for the golf benefit begin at 10 a.m., and tee-off is at 12:30 p.m. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., and the comedy show begins at 7 p.m.

Businesses or groups can purchase hole sponsorships for a $200 tax-deductable donation. 

To register, sponsor a hole or for more information about the event, call Damon Mazza at (859) 806-7292 or e-mail him at

For more information about SNAP and adoption, call (800) 232-KIDS or log on to the SNAP home page at



Last Updated 9/22/2010