Thursday, March 31, 2011

Payton Wright Foundation Golf Tournament set for May 13

The Payton Wright Foundation will hold its fourth Annual Golf Tournament May 13 at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.

The tournament carries the name of a five-year-old Lakewood Ranch child whose battle with brain cancer touched a community's heart.

At the time of her passing in 2007, her family  said they wanted people to remember Payton for her strength, faith and humor -- all things that helped her survive, the Herald reported.

"Her strength because she lived so long. Her faith because she had such a peace about her and prayed on her own. Her humor because everyone had a funny story to tell about Payton, who never left the house without wearing a little bit of Tinkerbell makeup," the Herald reported.

The tourney is the largest fundraiser the foundation holds during the year. This year’s tourney has been expanded to include two courses. A post-golf banquet will once again be held at the Lake Club.

“We are very fortunate to receive such great support from our Community,” said Patrick Wright, president of the Payton Wright Foundation in a press release. “The success of this outing and the generosity of the businesses and people who donate to the outing allow us to expand the families we can help who have a child battling brain cancer.”

In the past year, more than $14,000 has been provided to families through gas cards, utility and mortgage payments.

The cost for playing in the outing is $200 per person, and banquet-only tickets are available for $50. Sponsorship and auction item donation opportunities are available.

The Payton Wright Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds for pediatric brain cancer research, helping families who have a child with brain cancer, and supporting organizations tied to cancer research and care.

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Foursome wears Payton Wright's favorite colors. (provided photo)

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