Gray Classic Golf Tournament
The Gray Golf Classic (http://thegrayclassic.com) is an annual golf tournament in which the main purpose is to raise funds and awareness for local charitable organizations. In 2012 the weekend events included a Business Roundtable, Welcome Reception, Women’s Empowerment Brunch, Golf Tournament, and Farewell Brunch. For the last three years the proceeds benefited the 100 Black Men’s Youth Mentoring Program. Over 20 years, the program has helped students to develop high self-esteem and an appreciation for education with workshops in citizenship, leadership development, life skills, study skills, financial literacy, cultural enrichment and community service.
Some of the golf tournament’s sponsors have included: Wells Fargo, Belk, BlueCross BlueShield, Food Lion, Synder’s Lance, Ruth’s Chris, North Carolina Mutual Insurance, Husqvarna and Fifth Third Bank. The goal is to not only give sponsors a chance to support local charities but also to be able to gain great exposure for their businesses. A host of notable business, civic, and political leaders participate in the Gray Classic such as The Chairman of 100 Black Men Al Dotson, Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones, Sonja Gantt (WCNC), Congressman Mel Watt, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe, Bob Morgan (Chamber of Commerce), JCSU President Dr. Ronald Carter, Livingstone College President Jimmy Jenkins and North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton. The Gray Classic Honorable Hosts in 2012 were Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones and Dr. Charles Bridges of Carolina Healthcare Systems.
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