November 14, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|From left: Don Bray, Stephanie Bray, Laurie Ott, president of University Health Care Foundation and Sybil Surrett, Foundation senior development officer.|
Golf Tournament Proceeds to Benefit Children’s Diabetes Camp
(AUGUSTA, GA) The 4th annual Larry Bray Memorial Golf Tournament, held recently at West Lake Country Club, has presented $11,000 in proceeds to University Health Care Foundation to help support their camp for children with diabetes.
Camp Juliet offers children ages 7-17 with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes a free, authentic camp experience away from home. The campers enjoy swimming, boating and other outdoor activities while learning to control their diabetes through workshops with physicians and clinicians. The tournament also made an $11,000 donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Larry Bray was known for his boundless enthusiasm and generous spirit. When the 40-year-old died suddenly in 2007, his family decided the best way to honor that spirit was to create the Larry Bray Memorial Foundation, which is dedicated to raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and other diabetes programs. This was also a way to support Larry's niece, Maggie, who has Type 1 diabetes.
Don Bray, Larry Bray’s father, said his family was excited to partner with University Health Care System for the annual golf tournament.
“We are overwhelmed by the response from our entire community,” he said. “We’re also excited that we’re able to support both diabetes research and education through the funds raised, and we certainly are looking forward to continuing this fundraising effort in the future.”
Debra Whitley, Program Coordinator of University’s Diabetes Services, said the gift will help ensure that Camp Juliet is able to meet the needs of its campers; providing diabetes education, arts and crafts, games, water sports and many more activities.
“Mr. Bray put a lot of time and effort into planning this event to honor his son, and the community response shows that Larry Bray was loved and respected by all.”