MBF Champions for Child Safety tournament raises $136,000


More than $136,000 was raised at the recent Monique Burr Foundation for Children’s annual Pro Am Golf Tournament.

The 19th annual event, now known as the MBF Champions for Child Safety Pro Am, was held at the Palencia Club. This year’s tournament produced a hole-in-one from amateur golfer Tom Young. In addition to honorary chairs Fred Funk, Jim Furyk and Mark McCumber, 18 more pros participated in the tournament, paired with amateur teams at the Heritage Capital Group Pairings Party the evening before the tournament.

“We are very grateful to all the sponsors, participants and honorary chairs,” Executive Director Lynn Layton said. “Their support means that children across our state will have access to MBF Child Safety Matters, an educational program designed to prevent bullying and child abuse.”

Lt. Lakesha Burton, a victim of child sexual abuse herself, spoke at the tournament’s closing ceremony to highlight the importance of MBF Child Safety Matters and what a difference it could have made in her life.

“The hurt and pain caused by sexual abuse is unimaginable and is the reason why I’m a police officer,” said Lt. Burton. “What if I had been taught this in the 5th grade? There’s no doubt in my mind that if I had been exposed to the Child Safety Matters curriculum that my life would have taken a different path.”

Since the golf tournament began, it has raised more than $3.3 million for the Monique Burr Foundation for Children.