Fundraising for a friend
Sweltering end of June temperatures did little to melt the spirts of county employees determined to make the Mike Ballard Memorial Golf Tournament a success once again.
The fund raising event, which has grown from a golf tournament into a day-long activity, began at 1 p.m. with a loaded shotgun start.
According to organizer Rose Barnes, community support was massive once again this year, as businesses from all across Carbon County sponsored teams, tee boxes and greens to help one of their own.
The fund-raiser started in 1999 when Mike Ballard, the husband of county employee Linda Ballard, died due to injuries he sustained in a fall.
Since then, county employees have continued the tournament and event by choosing a person or cause in Carbon County they feel will best use the revenue.
This year, all funds raised will be donated to Richard Simmons, who suffered kidney failure in 2004.
For nearly 10 years, Simmons has gone through dialysis, one failed transplant and multiple operations. He is currently on a donor list, waiting to see if the funds raised at the Ballard can save his life.
While the cash raised has not yet been totaled, additional events should aid to the overall number.
Following this year's tournament, participants were treated to a dinner at the Carbon County Event's Center and a concert provided by Mullet Hatchet.
"It was a great event once again this year," said Bill Barnes. "The course was packed and the concert was great."
Those wishing to take advantage of the tournaments funds can look for an application this coming November.