MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Officials with the Bour Charity Classic have announced the inaugural Bour Charity Classic Golf Tournament will be held Tuesday, May 20, at Indian Hills Golf Course.
The Bour Charity Classic was founded by local business owner Jason B. Bour, director of New Beginnings Coaching Services, after helping Camp Horizon Pediatric Oncology Camp with their airsoft event to keep the camp open for children suffering from cancer.
The mission of the Bour Charity Classic is to help smaller nonprofit organizations raise money and awareness in the community.
“Everyone knows about the large 'corporate' charities like Shriners Hospital for Children, and St Jude Children’s Hospital, both of which I fully support,” Bour said, “but no one thinks about the small charities that are struggling to stay afloat.”
This year’s event will benefit Camp Horizon Pediatric Oncology Camp.
Camp Horizon was founded in 1983 by the American Cancer Society, as well as other oncology camps around the U.S.
In February, the American Cancer Society announced it would no longer allocate funds to support camps in order to put more money towards cancer research. So, it has granted permission for supporters to keep the camp operational as long as they can raise the funds.
Beyond the Horizon Corporation was established to support the camp and keep it open.
Camp Horizon serves more than 100 campers from Tennessee and surrounding states each year at a cost of about $500 per camper at no cost to the families. Camp Horizon is held each summer at Bethany Hills Campground in Kingston Springs, just outside of Nashville.
Journeys in Community Living will be the second nonprofit organization to benefit from the golf event.
Journeys is a private agency that was established in 1975 to provide residential and day services for adults with intellectual disabilities who live in Rutherford and Cannon counties, and it is located in Murfreesboro.
“Our hope is to grow each year, support more than one charity each year, and eventually add a pro tour to the lineup.” Bour said.
Bour Charity Classic is also planning to hold a bowling tournament in the fall, as well as other fundraising opportunities throughout the year to raise additional funds to support its mission.
Bour Charity Classic organizers are looking for people to serve on the golf committee. Current needs are people experienced with graphic design, web development, marketing, fundraising or anyone who desires to help.
Anyone interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, or participate as a player, should contact Bour at 615-429-1679. Donations can also be made at any MidSouth Bank.