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Golf tournament to help further education in Memphis

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Mayor Wharton says their goal is to meet unique needs for students. They have had many instances over the years. Mayor Wharton says their goal is to meet unique needs for students. They have had many instances over the years.
Memphis mayor A C Wharton and his wife, Ruby, are hoping others will hit a ball for someone else's success at their Annual Wharton Charitable Fund Golf Classic. Memphis mayor A C Wharton and his wife, Ruby, are hoping others will hit a ball for someone else's success at their Annual Wharton Charitable Fund Golf Classic.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis fund is being led by the city's mayor and his wife, and it is helping people across the city further their education—no matter the cost.

The Wharton Charitable Fund is approaching its 10th anniversary. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and his wife, Ruby, are hoping others will hit a ball for someone else's success at their Annual Wharton Charitable Fund Golf Classic.

"There are plenty opportunities for us to come upon young folks who are at a point of truly critical need," said Mayor Wharton.

Mayor Wharton says their goal is to meet unique needs for students. They have had many instances over the years.

"Didn't have all his money, 1,600 short, and they were warning him, 'You got to home,' " said A C Wharton.

The Wharton's fund is a small enough firm that they do not need a board's permission to help.

"We got him a check," said the mayor.

The fund is patterned after the Kimbrough Fund at Ole Miss that helped him through law school.

"We would go into the deans office if you needed your books, short on rent, or ticket to get home," said A C Wharton.

Ruby Wharton says this tournament is the fund's primary source of funding. Her husband also donates his speaking engagement honorariums.

"We have loads of people who always play, and they're very supportive, and they know it's for charitable purposes anyway," said Mrs. Wharton.

The Whartons say every young person deserves a solid education, and he or she should not be limited by financial challenges that may unexpectedly arise.

"If it's someone who's 35, and he's going to become a doctor to do mission work, we'll help him as long as there's that unique need," said A C Wharton.

The Golf Classic tees off April 12 at the Links at Galloway Golf Course. For more information on how you can get involved, click here: http://whartoncharitablefund.org/.

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