Swing for the Cures raises over $11K

On Saturday, June 21, the Sweetwater Country Club hosted the Second Annual "Swing for the Cures" golf tournament that benefits breast cancer and ovarian cancer research. Around $11,500 was raised at the event to benefit the cause.The Sweetwater Jaycees provided sausage wraps to all participants during the tournament. Richard Fergeson State Farm had volunteers help the Jaycees with the sausage wraps and also provided bottled water for the event. First Financial Bank also donated water for the event. Alex Garcia with Mrs. Baird's donated tortillas for the wraps and Brookshire's donated chips for the event. A silent auction also took place throughout the entire tournament with many items donated by numerous members of the community as well as other areas of the state.Immediately following the golf tournament, there was a live auction. There were large items such as a guided turkey hunt, a Scotty Cameron putter, a variety of TaylorMade golf clubs, and an official UT football helmet signed by the new head coach, Charlie Strong, Jordan and Jaxon Shipley, Blake Gideon and DJ Monroe. It also has signatures from current and former Longhorn Olympians, Sanya Richards Ross, Brendan Hanson and Ricky Berens, as well as six former Longhorns that went on to play in the NFL. There was also a Texas Tech signed football. Also an item that was up for auction was a Texas Ranger baseball signed by catcher, JC Arencibia, as well as many more items. In the morning, there was also an opportunity to help out another Sweetwater native who is battling leukemia, 39-year-old Melinda Torres, by submitting a cheek swab in the hopes of finding a match for treatment. Only 100 swabs were available at the time and organizers say that swabs ran out within an hour with so many people volunteering to have their cheeks swabbed to see if they were a potential match for treatment.