BrAva golf outing raises $18K toward childhood cancer

Photo by Erin Roberts The 2018 BrAva Golf Outing team was comprised of, from left, Josh Stephens, Brett Fluharty, Derek Trembly and Austin Blaski, all of Parkersburg.

BEVERLY — BrAva Fight, the local nonprofit increasing childhood cancer awareness and raising funds for both affected local families and the search for a cure, raised more than $18,000 at its fourth annual golf outing at Lakeside Golf Course in Beverly on Saturday, July 28.

This year’s outing welcomed 32 teams and boasted a record 90 hole sponsors, all local businesses or individuals that donated $100 each for the cause. Additionally, skills prizes for every hole were provided by business sponsors.

“We’re so incredibly grateful for the repeated and increasing support of our local business owners and community golfers in our fourth year of this fundraiser,” said Erin Roberts, a BrAva committee member. “While the instances of childhood cancer in this area just seem to keep climbing, we are doing all we can to make the fight more bearable for local families. We couldn’t do that without the continued and amazing support of this community.”

The foursome of Josh Stephens, Brett Fluharty, Austin Blaski and Derek Trembly, all of Parkersburg, had a winning score of 50, 20 under the par-70 course. The event also raised funds through a ball drop in which balls were sold, numbered and then released from the BrAva-themed Smith Concrete truck. The winning, closest-to-the-pin ball was sold to Nick Place. After the outing, golfers were treated to a pulled pork lunch.

BrAva is a nonprofit organization. Its name is a combination of Bridget Crock and Ava Nichols, two local girls who faced the challenges of childhood cancer. In honor of Bridget and in memory of Ava, the organization seeks to help other families faced with the disease by providing funding and support. To date, BrAva has donated more than $190,000 to CureSearch and local families affected by childhood cancer.

Plans for a 2019 outing are underway, but details are not yet confirmed. To support BrAva’s efforts in the local community, send monetary donations to BrAva, P.O. Box 535, Marietta, OH 45750.