With October designated as national Breast Cancer Awareness month, the golf tournament is planned for Sept. 27 at the Cleveland Country Club.
Proceeds from the event will once again benefit the Breast Cancer Network of Strength Chattanooga, the Becky Cooke Smith Scholarship Fund at UTC, and the Brenda Davis Foundation of Cleveland.
In its first three years, the tournament has raised more than $90,000 for these organizations.
Once again this year’s tournament is sponsored by Panera Bread and Cooke’s Food Store to honor their former business partner.
The late Becky Cooke Smith was a resident of Cleveland for 54 years. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1974, receiving her CPA certificate in 1975.
She was a partner in many local business ventures including Cooke’s Food Store and the Panera Bread franchise of East Tennessee.
An active member in the local community, Smith received the Chamber of Commerce’s M.C. Headrick Free Enterprise award. She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2004, her strong will and independent spirit allowed her to continue to work daily. Her death in April of 2007 surprised many because she kept her battle very private.
The golf tournament will be a four-person, select-shot format with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. the Monday of the event with a noon lunch to follow.
Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third-place teams as well as “closest to the pin” and “longest drive” awards for both men and women. There will also be a pair of hole-in-one competitions for chances to win a Cadillac or $10,000.
The entry fee is $1,000 per team or individual players can be paired up at a cost of $250 per player. Entry deadline is Aug. 28.
There are limited spaces still available. For more information or to register, visit www.panera-easttennessee.com or contact Britney Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org.