PRESTONSBURG – Highlands Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Highlands Health System, recently hosted the 18th annual Golf Classic. This year’s event was held at StoneCrest Golf Course and after tournament expenses will donate almost $90,000 to benefit the Highlands Center for Autism. Every two years, the Golf Classic rotates between StoneCrest Golf Course and Paintsville Golf Course.
Highlands Center for Autism will use the funding to help children with autism spectrum disorder receive the therapeutic treatment that is changing their lives for the better. In previous years, proceeds from the Golf Classic have gone toward helping fund other needed healthcare projects at Highlands, including the construction of Highlands’ new Emergency Department and patient care area renovations.
“We are so pleased to announce that this year’s Golf Classic was another success,” said Kathy Rubado, Executive Director of Highlands Foundation and Golf Classic Co-Chair. “We would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and management at StoneCrest for their work and efforts to accommodate a three day event of this size. We would also like to express our special thanks to Prestonsburg’s Mayor Les Stapleton for making everyone feel welcome. This year there were over 96 teams participating with many from out of state locations including New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Georgia. The Golf Classic truly is a team event and I would like to thank everyone from players to board members, from corporate sponsors to volunteers that helped in any way to make the event a success. This is the largest fundraiser we do each year to provide support for the Center for Autism which gives children with autism the opportunity for a brighter future. We are also pleased it provides such a great community benefit.”
In addition, the Golf Classic received outstanding support from the Highlands Regional Medical Center Board and the Highlands Foundation Board, who helped make the event a success. There were over 50 Highlands employees who joined the board members and volunteered their time to support a worthy cause.
For more information about the Highlands Foundation or Highlands Center for Autism, visit www.highlandsfoundation.com and www.highlandsautism.org