More than $21,000 raised at fifth annual BrAva Golf Outing

BEVERLY–A full slate of teams and more than 100 hole sponsors were instrumental in helping to raise more than $21,000 at the fifth annual BrAva Golf Outing on July 27 at Lakeside Golf Course in Beverly. The funds benefit BrAva Fight, a local nonprofit organization increasing childhood cancer awareness and raising funds for both affected local families and the search for a cure.

In addition to the $21,000 raised, Matt Smith of Marietta, president of Buckeye Bob’s Chris Custer Foundation, presented a check for $11,078.41 at the start of the outing. The foundation, which was formed to honor Chris Custer, who battled Ewing sarcoma, raised funds for childhood cancer through The Marietta Community Foundation, but recently dissolved. Smith said the foundation’s remaining balance was donated to BrAva Fight.

“We folded the foundation and we, as a board, in keeping with our mission of serving families in the Mid-Ohio Valley that are dealing with childhood cancer, decided to donate the remaining funds to BrAva,” he said. “We had a team in the outing and had a wonderful time. Everything about BrAva is a class act. We want them to keep doing what they’re doing and to use these funds to continue their work in the community.”

The number of hole sponsors, all local businesses or individuals that donated $100 each for the cause, set a new record. Additionally, local businesses helped by providing skills prizes for every hole.

“It was just amazing to max out the number of teams, with even more on a waiting list, and also to have so many hole sponsors this year,” said BrAva President Traci Nichols. “Many of our golfers and sponsors are return supporters, and we truly appreciate the continued assistance as we raise money to make a difference for local families fighting childhood cancer. As always, part of this money will also be donated to CureSearch, a national organization focused exclusively on finding a cure for childhood cancer.”

The foursome of Brett Fluharty, Nathan Fluharty, Jeff Hardman and Derek Trembly, all of Parkersburg, had a winning score of 53, 17 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 ball was sold to Nathan Fluharty, who golfed in the outing for the first time.

“This outing is very well run and for a great cause,” Nathan Fluharty said. “That’s why we play in it.”

Many of the monetary prize winners donated winnings back to the organization. A chicken lunch was provided to the golfers with donations and in-kind support from local businesses. For a full list of event and hole sponsors, please visit bravafight.com.

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. BrAva has donated more than $240,000 to CureSearch and local families affected by childhood cancer. To support BrAva’s efforts in the local community, please send monetary donations to BrAva, P.O. Box 535, Marietta, OH 45750.