Golf tournament to benefit Child Abuse Prevention Services set for Aug. 22

Press release

From Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc.:

The 11th Annual Arby’s Child Advocacy Classic Golf Tournament to benefit Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc. will be held August 22nd at the Etowah Valley Country Club and Golf Lodge. It is an opportunity to tee off for a good cause at a beautiful course. This year will be a Captain’s Choice format, lunch by Arby’s, and scoring, awards, and BBQ and beer at the pavilion afterwards. There will also be a hole-in-one contest by BMW of Asheville.

The fundraiser this year is dedicated to our founders: Ray Bailey, Lou Bissette, Tom Hallmark, and Jim Mullen.

The Classic is the primary fundraiser for Child Abuse Prevention Services, and has raised over $200,000 thus far.

The Child Advocacy Classic Committee co-chaired by Doug Piercy and Jerry Bleckley anticipates a good turnout, but are still recruiting teams and hole sponsors. Teams are $600 (or $150 per individual) plus $100 for a hole sponsorship. Individual hole sponsorships without teams are $150.

There will be a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start following registration and lunch by Arby’s at noon. The Classic will be a Captain’s Choice format with a hole-in-one contest, closest to the pin on par 3’s, and prizes for all winners.

“We’re very grateful to Arby’s–The Brumit Restaurant Group, our great corporate sponsor, as well as sponsors
Wells Fargo Bank, CarePartners Foundation, Lynn and Bob Kieffer, Mission Health, Inform Systems, BMW, The Genesis Alliance, Wells Fargo Advisors, Tammy McIntosh, and to all the golfers; and hole sponsors, and our founders”, said Bill McGuire, Director of Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc. “This kind of community support really helps us to continue working towards reducing/preventing child abuse, strengthening families, and assisting children who have experienced abuse through prevention, education, and counseling.”

“Working together and with the help of friends and supporters like this, we can make a difference”, said Bill McGuire, Director of Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc., “and hopefully one day all children – our most precious yet most vulnerable resource – can have a safe, healthy childhood and the opportunity to reach their potential.”

Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc., (CAPS) which served 10,000 individuals last year works to reduce/prevent abuse, strengthen families and assist children who have experienced abuse through personal safety education/outreach, parenting education, and crisis intervention/counseling.

“Support like this not only helps our school-based abuse prevention/personal safety program”, said McGuire, “but also helps to provide counseling for children who have experienced abuse – including the 8-year-old girl who was hiding in the closet and didn’t want to go to school, tearfully telling her mother about being assaulted on the school bus. Or the 2nd grader who raised her hand in our prevention program to report sexual abuse from both her parent. Or, the 7-year-old boy whose mother’s boyfriend put him in a clothes dryer and turned it on All these children found a safe place at CAPS and received counseling to help them cope with the abuse.

For information, or to become a supporter, or friend of Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc., call 254-2000, write 50 S. French Broad Avenue, Suite 152, Asheville, NC 28801, e-mail: or go to


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