The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is breathing new life into a local fund-raiser that once was one of its largest contributors.
A golf tournament benefiting CF research will be held August 11 and 12 at Pine Hills Country Club.
Travis Myers, coordinator, has worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation office in Shreveport and decided he wanted to revive the tournament.
"I used to run a lot of golf tournaments in Minden," Myers said. "I was at a Cystic Fibrosis fund-raiser and saw the de Pingre's there. I wanted to run another tournament, and it just all seemed to fit together. We thought it would be a good idea to bring this tournament back. It's a good cause, and I enjoy it."
Benny and Jerri de Pingre' say they are "thrilled" that Myers is reviving the tournament.
"We started this tournament in 1989 and ran it until 1998," Benny de Pingre' said. "Over those nine years, it brought in a lot of money. From 1989 until 1993, we raised $281,000. I don't think we ever reached a million, but it was close to it."
Ninety percent of money raised goes to Cystic Fibrosis research, Myers said.
"We don't really have a goal for this year," he said. "Just to make as much money as we can."
According to Jerri de Pingre', the tournament should continue to be successful now that there is a CF office in Shreveport.
"We never had that support when we were doing this tournament before," she said. "That office brought in Travis Myers and got him involved. He came to us, wanting to revive the tournament. It's great to have young blood ... young, fresh ideas, and we're excited they're even wanting to do it."
The de Pingre's son, John Major, had a lung transplant almost two years ago and is doing well.
Registration for the two-man scramble ($300 per team) begins at 7 a.m. both days. Shotgun starts are at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
There will be cash prizes in each flight, and the field is limited to the first 66 teams.
Saturday night there will be a catered dinner for each player and one guest. Tickets are $25 for those who want to attend the dinner event only. There will also be live music, cocktails, an auction and raffle.
Sponsors as of press time are:
Par Sponsors ($1,000)
Fleming Subway Restaurants
KaJohn Oil/ Benny's Get-N-Geaux
Fleming for Congress LLC
Hole Sponsors ($250)
Erin Walker, DDS
Holiday Inn Express
Buffalo Wild Wings
Jamieson, Wise & Martin, CPAs
Travis Henry DDS
Michael's Men Store
Music Mountain Water
Southern Trace Country Club
East Ridge Country Club
Still open are Title Sponsor ($5,000), Birdie Sponsors ($1,500) and Individual Golfer ($150).
To enter a team or become a sponsor, call Myers at 243-1390.
According to ask.com, Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract. It is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults.