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(Pictured above) The mayor’s golf foursome (from left): Adi Patel, John Rife, Mayor Troy Brumbalow, Carter Patterson, and golf tournament child ambassador, Asher Rock.

Optimists Donate to Children’s Healthcare

The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club contributed $15,000 to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Forsyth County. The donation was derived from the club's 2022 charity golf tournament held recently at Chestatee Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament also benefit the club's community programs for children. The check was presented to Laurie Cole, community development officer at Children's Healthcare.

Cole said, "All of our dreams came true this year! The 10th Annual Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club Golf Tournament was the biggest and best one yet! The club members out did themselves to ensure this anniversary of the tournament was extra special. We appreciate all the golfers and sponsors who came out to play. It is so exciting to know that our Aflac patients will benefit directly from this incredible community event. Children’s is so appreciative of the generosity of the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club over the past 10 years. It’s more than a partnership’s a friendship."

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Forsyth County is so appreciative of the generosity of the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club over the past 10 years. It’s more than a partnership’s a friendship!

Brenda Basey, golf tournament committee chairperson, said, "We are honored to partner with such a great organization as Children's Healthcare that is so important to our community. For the past few years, we have had a Children’s Healthcare child ambassador at the tournament. This year it was eight-year-old Asher Rock. At four months old, Asher was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in his right eye. After several surgeries, he now has vision in only one eye. He was such an inspiration for our event and our golfers."

Basey added, "We were happy to have Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow participate in the golf tournament. The mayor gave a special golf ball to Asher that he had gotten attending a PGA golf tournament. The ball was from professional golfer, Justin Thomas, who won this year’s PGA Championship. Asher was so thrilled."

"I was delighted to get to combine two of my favorite things in life, golf and helping children, during the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club golf tournament,” Mayor Brumbalow said. “Being able to present a special PGA Championship golf ball to Asher was a great joy and I was so honored to be able to do this for him."

The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club meets first and third Thursday evenings every month. For information about the Optimist Club, contact the president, Carolynn Martin (

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Laurie Cole (second from left in dark blue), Children's Healthcare, accepts a check for $15,000 from the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club golf tournament chairperson Brenda Basey (center in blue), club president Carolynn Martin (third from right in pink), and several club members.