This was the 21st year that First United has organized the event. The tournament has become a tradition over the past 30 years and has raised more than $524,000 for Garrett County charities. Participants are able to enjoy a challenging round of golf and at the same time help raise much-needed funds for worthy community projects.
The first-place (low-gross) team was Ledo Pizza, which won $800. The first-place (low-net) team was Foundation Rehab, which also won $800.
This year, one of the recipients of the tournament proceeds was the United Way of Garrett County, to which First United donated $15,000.
Juli McCoy, executive director of United Way, stated, “Once again, First United hosted a successful premiere golf tournament to benefit the United Way of Garrett County. On behalf of our entire committee, I would like to thank the sponsors and golfers who made the day possible. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Garrett County. Our work is always local — local dollars, volunteers and decisions, which make a significant impact in our community. Thank you to everyone.”
A check for $15,000 was presented to McCoy, County United Way Finance Manager Misty Deal and Resource Development Manager Michele Walker.
The other recipient of tournament proceeds was Garrett County I Can Swim! The donation to that program was $4,000.
Cherie Krug, executive director of the Garrett College Foundation, stated, “We are extremely grateful to all the golfers and First United Bank & Trust for their generosity in supporting our I Can Swim! program at Garrett College. We can be proud in our community that we are teaching, free of charge, every kindergartner how to swim.”
The final total of $4,000 was made possible by additional donations after the tournament presentation.