Mayor's annual golf classic benefits Memphis students in need - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mayor's annual golf classic benefits Memphis students in need

(WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and his wife, Ruby Wharton, held their 8th Annual Golf Classic Saturday to benefit students facing financial hardships.

The mayor took to the greens to golf for students who need help making ends meet.

"There are so many young people who could succeed if they just got a little push," said A C Wharton.

Teams of four teed off for the annual golf classic at Galloway Golf Course at $100 a person.

"The charitable foundation was founded to assist youth and young adults who are experiencing some type of financial difficulty with their education," said tournament organizer Jacqueline Watkins.

While the mayor said it is not the richest foundation, it helps boosts the students in make or break money situations.

"Sometimes, it's $500 or $1,000 that makes a difference as to whether a child is going to go to college or stay in high school or not, and that's what we focus on," he said.

Money raised by the mayor and his wife will help pay for anything from school supplies to helping with college tuition.

"We both knew we would not have gotten out of college, out of law school had there not been folks who did precisely what we're trying to do for others," said A C Wharton.  "It's simply paying back a debt."

The students identified are as young as kindergarten through high school and college.

"We help LeMoyne Owen, University of Memphis, and other universities, too," said foundation board member Bobby Lanier.

"Certainly we do give some weight to their grades, but it's truly for the children who are in hardships, broken families and what not," the mayor said.  "So it's a good game of golf for a great cause."

For more information about the charity, click here to visit their Facebook page, or call (901) 685-7805.

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