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Children’s Hope Alliance to Host 27th Annual Children’s Golf Classic at Grandfather Golf & Country Club

Linville, N.C. – Children’s Hope Alliance will host its 27th Annual Children’s Golf Classic at Grandfather Golf and Country Club in Linville on October 10th. The event has been one of the organization’s most successful fundraisers for nearly three decades.

This year’s event will be a captain’s choice format, and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $200 per player or $600 per foursome, and both breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. This year, there will also be a “Wine & Design” painting workshop for non-golfers at the clubhouse during the tournament.

Proceeds from this event support the children and families served by Children’s Hope Alliance.

For more information about the Children’s Golf Classic or to learn how to get involved with Children’s Hope Alliance, visit, or contact Abigail Lord-Ramsey at (828) 260-4020 or

About Children’s Hope Alliance

Children’s Hope Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a long history of child advocacy and welfare dating back to 1891.  The mission of Children’s Hope Alliance is to provide a safe healing journey for hurting children and families - creating hope now and in the future. All of services provided by Children’s Hope Alliance create hope for hurting children and families in three ways – healing the hurt for children and families that are troubled, abused or neglected; providing a safe home for children through group homes, therapeutic foster care and adoption; and encouraging a healthy start through educational, prevention and developmental programs.


Oyster Roast

We are excited to invite you to participate in the first annual Chamber on the Half Shell taking place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Twin Valley Golf Club from 6:00 to 10:00 P.M. The Anson County Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic, energetic and respected business organization that facilitates both economic and social growth in support of our members and the community. The Chamber strives to provide quality community events for all members and residents of Anson County.

Chamber of the Half Shell will be one of our most anticipated fundraisers of the year! Our fundraising goal for this event is $20,000.

Today, we are asking you to join us in our efforts to support our organization. There are three ways to support us and contribute to the success of this year’s event:

  • Become a sponsor – we have opportunities from $100 to $2,500.

  • Donate a raffle item – we encourage you to be creative, items can range from your products and services, to gift certificates, baskets or experiences.

  • Join us at the event! Chamber on the Half Shell will feature an all you can eat buffet complete with steamed oysters, fried shrimp, fried fish, hush puppies, cole slaw and all the fixings! There will also be a complimentary open bar complete with wine and beer to quench your thirst! And just in case you feel like dancing, The Live House Band will join us beginning at 7:00 P.M. to turn up the volume! Individual tickets: Chamber members $50; Non-Members $60 limited number of tickets available! Get yours at the Chamber today!

In recognition of your generosity, your company will receive continued exposure with all of our sponsorship support levels.

Thank you in advance for your generous support- with the strong support of sponsors and donors like you- we can meet our goal! Sponsorship details and a sign-up form can be downloaded below. Please complete and return the form with payment immediately to ensure that you are included in all of Chamber on the Half Shell materials. If you have questions or would like more information about becoming a sponsor or donor for our 2017 Chamber on the Half Shell, please email the chamber at




NC Historic Site

North Carolina Transportation Museum

Transportation – Industry

Discover the people and machines that have moved North Carolina. Located on the site of Southern Railway's former steam locomotive repair facility Spencer Shops, this is where locomotives that hauled Southern's passenger trains and freight trains filled with North Carolina furniture, textiles, tobacco, and produce were serviced from 1896 to the late 1970's. Up to 3,000 people once worked here but today visitors can see an authentic train depot, antique automobiles, and a roundhouse with 25 locomotives. Continued

It'll feel like fall again soon! Photo by Chris Hatfield

September's News from the Mountains

Dear Friends,  

I hope our September e-newsletter find you safe and well. Our friends in parks out west are battling huge fires and we have dried out from the remnants of Hurricane Irma which brought tons of rain to the southeast and caused some temporary road and facility closures here in the Smokies. Wherever you are, I hope you get a chance to enjoy the last dash of summer safely.

Fall will be here before you know it (4:02 PM ET on September 22 for those keeping track) and we are excited to share our beautiful mountains with you. In this month's issue, we'll be checking out some great hiking opportunities, pint nights and races coming up. You can read all about it below.

Thanks for keeping in touch with Friends. For even more news, special events, and stinkin' cute bear cub photos, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Thank you for being a Friend,

Brent McDaniel

Director of Marketing

Friends of the Smokies

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

800-845-5665 |

PO Box 1660

Kodak, TN 37764

160 S Main Street

Waynesville, NC 28786


Carolina Beach State Park

With a marina providing access to some of North Carolina's best fishing spots, a secluded camping area beneath towering trees, and miles of hiking trails that traverse a variety of distinct habitats—not to mention the presence of the Venus flytrap, one of the world's most unique carnivorous plants—it's no wonder Carolina Beach State Park is a popular coastal attraction. Located in an area steeped in both history and natural diversity, the park includes a visitor's center with exhibits depicting the wonders of its environment.

Carolina Beach State Park

1010 State Park Road PO Box 475
Carolina BeachNC 28428

Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.




Please support our Wounded Warriors

Hands Together is a nonprofit organization devoted to educating, inspiring and encouraging people to understand the importance of responding to the needs of the poor and disadvantaged. Our Mission, as we strive to build a more compassionate and human world, proceeds from the spiritual belief that we are all members of one, equal, interconnected family under a loving God.