[Laurel, MD]—The 36th Annual Tower Classic Golf Tournament, hosted by the TowerCares Foundation, raised over $40,000 for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center (JHCC) in Baltimore, Md., a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The tournament was held June 8 at Renditions Golf Club in Davidsonville, Md. Special guests included eight-year old Olivia Cooper, the 2018 Children’s Miracle Network Champion for Maryland, and her family.
Diagnosed at age four with advanced kidney cancer, Olivia underwent a successful surgery at JHCC to remove a nearly two-pound tumor and her right kidney. Following the surgery, she received chemotherapy treatments at JHCC for seven months. Now in remission, Olivia returns to the Children’s Center every six months for check-ups.
During lunch at the tournament, Olivia’s mom spoke to the over 100 golfers about how thankful her family is to JHCC for the world-class care her daughter has received there, and for supporters like the TowerCares Foundation that allow the hospital to continue to help critically ill children and their families.
Tournament proceeds from players, sponsors, and donations from the business community totaled $19,378. An additional $10,000 was provided through CO-OP Financial Services’ Miracle Match program, a philanthropic matching program that encourages credit unions to create and participate in local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ fundraisers. Tower Federal Credit Union donated $10,872, bringing the day’s total donation to $40,250. The money for Tower’s donation was raised earlier this year by employees and members during the credit union’s annual “Have a Heart” campaign and other employee-driven fundraisers.
Said Rick Stafford, TowerCares Foundation President, “An important part of the TowerCares mission is to help children in need, and we are proud to support the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for the tireless care they provide for children who are battling sickness, and their families. The success of the Tower Classic would not have been possible without the generosity of our golfers, tournament sponsors, vendors, and volunteers.”
Al Smith, TowerCares Foundation Treasurer added, “A special thanks goes out to Tower Federal Credit Union members and employees for their support of the TowerCares’ mission through the Have a Heart campaign and other fundraisers. Tower Federal is a long-time supporter of Johns Hopkins and the Children’s Miracle Network—not just today but throughout the year.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the TowerCares Foundation Board of Directors present a check to Julie Riddle (left) of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center (JHCC) at the 36th Annual Tower Classic Golf Tournament, held June 8 at Renditions Golf Club in Davidsonville, Md. Eight-year old Olivia Cooper, the 2018 Children’s Miracle Network Champion for Maryland and a kidney cancer survivor who has received treatment at JHCC, along with her family, were special guests. The Tower Classic raised over $40,000 for the Children’s Center. For information, visit towercaresfoundation.org.