Green and Growing, Growing and Green – As the Mayor’s Motorcade rolled into Dublin and Riverview Golf Course for the fifth straight year, much green was donated and the numbers of participants continue to grow.
Mayor Ronnie Dixon and Mayor Phil Best
A partnership of three communities bring together the best that can be offered in middle Georgia. Mayors Phil Best (Dublin), Ronnie Dixon (Vidalia), and Jimmy Andrews (Sandersville) led 21 teams of 84 golfers on a chilly Monday, October 14th, Columbus Day. The great camaraderie seen at this event is work based on a request from former Governor Ernest Vandiver, Jr. in the 1950s. At the time, Governor Vandiver saw a need to provide Christmas gifts and holiday treats for the mental patients throughout the state, as well as raise awareness of the needs of Georgia’s mental and behavioral facilities.
Over the past several years, the state of Georgia has worked diligently to provide a more home based atmosphere for its mental health patients. Many have been placed in loving and caring homes in and around middle Georgia. In those homes, while a healthy environment is an everyday occurrence, during the holidays and many times during the year, finances are stretched and a helping hand is greatly appreciated. Although the numbers are not yet finalized, it appears this year’s donations will exceed $40,000. The donations earned at the event is converted into Dollar General gift cards and provided to the families housing the patients in our region. Dollar General was chosen as method of delivery since many patients are in rural homes and the company has opened stores in many locales that do not offer the bigger box names. Giving back to the community in which the patient lives is just as important as providing for the patient.
While many individuals worked hard to make this year’s event happen flawlessly, some special sponsors went above the call of duty. GMA (Georgia Municipal Association) leads this cause annually coming to the course with staff, information, and support. Locally, we could not make this happen without the lunch provided by our own Chick-Fil-A and David Roberts. Vidalia’s ESG Operations provided the group with dinner following the hard work on the greens. And most certainly, we must thank the three Mayors championing work that began many, many years ago but continues to make a difference in so many lives.
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Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade Annual Golf Tournament hosted by City of Dublin, City of Sandersville and City of Vidalia
Drew, Eckl & Farnham
Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson, LLP
Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske, LLP
Oliver Maner LLP
Shirts: Parker Young
Affinity Service Group
Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson & Davis
The Hartford Stream Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co.
Westbury Law Firm
Willis Insurance Services of Georgia
Carothers & Mitchell
Lee Durham, LLC
Lokey, Mobley and Doyle, LLP
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
Advanced Disposal Services, LLC
Gallaher & Bassett
Gallaher Public Entity & Scholastic Division
Global Trans Services
HomeCare Connect, Inc.
Keck & Wood
Levy & Thompson
Lokey, Mobley and Doyle LLP
One Call Care Management
The Center for Othopedics & Sports Medicine
The Hoey Law Firm
Beverage Cart: ConservCare, Inc.
Trophies: One Call Care Management
Dinner: ESG Operations, Inc.