The owner of a North Carolina heavy equipment dealer has transcended tragedy and has found a way to help the children of his state.
John Waugh, owner of JFW Equipment Inc. in Climax, NC, lost a daughter on Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001.
But every year since, he and his family have used her memory to raise money for a different children’s charity.
The Sandy Bradshaw Memorial Gold Tournament is set for April 28 at Bryan Park Champions Course in Greensboro, NC.
Bradshaw, a United Airlines flight attendant, had just started having children of her own, but had always worked with children in her adulthood, said her sister, Tracy Peele. Her efforts included working with the children’s ministry at her church.
The golf tournament was first organized as a way to raise money for Bradshaw’s children, but Peele said the family took over and decided to raise money for community organizations. In the three years since, approximately $43,000 has been given to Camp Carefree, a camp for sick and disabled children; the Sandy Bradshaw Wings Award, a scholarship founded at her high school; and the East Side Children’s Center, which provides daycare and after-school care for needy families.
This year, proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.
Peele said planning the event every year stirs up her and her family’s emotions, especially on the day of the event when they remind the participant of why they’ve gathered.
But the reality of benefits of the tournament soon make it a celebratory event.
“I think she would be thrilled that we’re giving money to children who need it under her name,” she said.
Peele said the family will welcome new participants, as well as people wishing to sponsor a hole or donate a raffle prize.
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