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Local Volunteers Swing their club to fight Cystic Fibrosis

Local families and volunteers are gearing up for the 4th Annual Autumn and Friends golf tournament benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Saturday, September 21st at Windtree Golf Course. 

This event has raised over $100,000 since 2009 to fight this #1 genetic disease of children. Run under the passionate guidance of Vera Smith and Gary Bennett this year promises to be the best yet!  The tournament is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1:00pm. The field is limited to the first 120 paid entries. Entry fee is $105 per person or $420 per team for entries submitted by August 30th. 

Entry fee includes a tournament round of golf, range balls the day of the event, a team photo from Annie’s Photography, door prizes, snacks and beverages on the course, the hole in one contests, the longest drive contest, closest to the pin contest. After golf there will be a dinner and after party catered by Courtney’s and live music provided by The Skahl’s and other local artists at the Windtree Clubhouse. Non-golfers are invited to come out for the dinner and after party, with a donation strongly encouraged.  

The event also promises to have some outstanding guests, including retired NFL stars Eddie Khayat, Brad Hopkins, Jimmy Robinson, Paul Guidry, Randy Fuller, just to name a few.  

We still lose precious young lives to this disease every day. It’s more important than ever that we rally our community to fight CF,” said Vera Smith, volunteer chair for the CF Foundation’s Tennessee Chapter. “We are grateful for every volunteer, donor and sponsor who supports Autumn and Friends Golf Tournament.”

Funds raised through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation have helped spur dramatic progress in the lives of those who have cystic fibrosis. Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, people with CF are living into their 30s, 40s and beyond. 

To enter or for additional information, please contact Gary Bennett at (615) 308-5167 or or Vera Smith at (615) 330-2850 or Website is

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. For more information, go to

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