The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 30, 2013

Mike Pound: Golf tournament takes another swing at cancer

By Mike Pound
news@joplinglobe.com

JOPLIN, Mo. — Shannan Adams has many fond memories from last year’s inaugural Swing for Pink Golf Tournament, but her favorite moment happened seconds after the event began.

“I’ll never forget watching all of those golf carts take off when the tournament started,” she said.

Shannan is the human resources director at Clean, formerly Clean The Uniform Company. Until last year, she had never put together a golf tournament of any size, let alone one that would ultimately have 30 teams of four golfers each.

But with the help of a lot of folks, the tournament was a success.

“We had never done anything like this in the past, and the support from our vendors, employees and the community was amazing,” she said.

The one thing that caught Shannan by surprise leading up to last year’s event was the amount of behind-the-scenes work necessary to put on a tournament. Fortunately, Shannan said, Clean employees were ready to help.

“They were phenomenal,” she said. “Many of them came in at night to help do things like stuff the goody bags that we give away to golfers. A whole lot of effort went into it (the tournament).”

When I talked with Shannan last year, she was a bit nervous about the tournament. It was important, she said, that it be successful, not so much for her but for the tournament’s beneficiary, the Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation.

The word “Hope” in the foundation’s name is an acronym for “Help, Outreach, Prevent and Educate.”

The foundation serves 12 counties in the Four-State Area. It reaches out to cancer victims and their families, and also works to raise money and awareness for fighting breast cancer.

Shannan said her work with the foundation has given her a great appreciation for those affected by cancer and for what the foundation does.

“It’s just an amazing cause to have a passion for,” Shannan said.

Thankfully, last year’s golf tournament was a success, and as a result, Clean is gearing up for the second annual Swing for Pink tournament.

The four-person scramble will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Briarbrook Golf Course in Carl Junction. Registration for the 18-hole tournament gets under way at noon, and a sack lunch will be provided before the 1 p.m. start. The cost for a four-person team is $200. Last year’s 30 teams pushed the tournament close to the 34-team maximum, and Shannan said the goal this year to hit that limit.

The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 13. For registration forms or more information, people may call 417-623-7195, ext. 1204, or send an email to smadams@cleanuniform.com.

Shannan said one of the neat things added to this year’s tournament is a closest-to-the-pin contest for women.

Corporate sponsorships are still available at a variety of levels, and Shannan said prize donations are still being accepted. She said area businesses, corporations and individuals were generous last year with both sponsorships and prize donations.

“There was one man who heard about the tournament who called out of the blue and made a very generous donation,” Shannan said.

It’s support like that, she said, that made last year’s tournament a success and bodes well for the success of this year’s event.

Shannan said that while the money raised by the tournament is important for the Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation, the awareness raised by the event is just as important.

“Last year I met so many people who had been touched by cancer and who told me that they wanted to be a part of the tournament,” she said.



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