MASON COUNTY — Loss is the great equalizer in life and how we deal with that loss often defines how we move forward.
Back in 2005, when Angela “Charlie” Lilly died from breast cancer at 38 years old, it was a devastating loss to her family. Charlie battled cancer for three years before passing away and was a local teacher, mother, daughter, sister and friend to those who knew her.
Charlie’s family consulted with their Pastor Carl “Boxer” Swisher about how to honor her and he suggested the family become involved in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life by organizing a team - a team aptly named Charlie’s Angels.
Since 2006, Charlie’s Angels has raised an astonishing $100,000 total for the American Cancer Society. Back in 2008, the team started a popular golf tournament which this year cleared $20,229.75 with 75 percent of that total ($15,171.75) going to ACS and 25 percent ($5,057.25) going to the Angela “Charlie” Lilly Community Foundation. Charlie’s Angels were able to raise additional funds for ACS this year which brought their grand total for this year’s Relay for Life to $18,550 - definitely an amazing amount considering the current state of the economy.
Wendy Lilly, Charlie’s sister and one of the team’s driving forces, said the golf tournament is the biggest fund raising event for Charlie’s Angels. This year the tournament was held at Riverside Golf Course in Mason and has become one of the largest ever held at the course. The tournament is successful thanks to the efforts of not only Charlie’s Angels but Ty Roush, Mitch Roush, Bobby Greene and all the staff of Riverside Golf Course.
The success of the tournament is also attributed to countless businesses and individuals who donate everything from prizes to food to the tournament. This list is varied and reflects the community spirit which brings those together for a good cause - including, Ameriprise Financial Services, Sang Ford Lincoln, McDonalds, Subway and Tudors of Point Pleasant, and on.
The support of the golf course, businesses and individuals as well as the golfers help make the tournament an annual event for not just Charlie’s Angels but the local area.
Lilly said she and the teammates are truly grateful for this continued support in helping Charlie’s Angels raise funds to support research in finding a cure for cancer as well as making a difference in the community through the Angela “Charlie” Lilly Community Foundation.
As for what’s next for Charlie’s Angels, Lilly said the ultimate goal is to keep going and to keep raising money to find that cure and support the ACS which offers free programs to people around the country, including in Mason, Meigs and Gallia counties.
As for the results of the golf tournament, they are listed below:
AM Tournament, first place, Jonathan Dillon, Chris Johnson, Heath Rickard, Jay Harris; second place, Tommy Mayes, Jamie Wood, Jason Griffith, Tim Henry; third place, Terry Lucas, M.T. Blaine, Gary Richards, Tim Burnett; fourth place, J.D. Holstein, Rob Craig, Andrew Nichols. Shad Kennady was the winner of the AM Putting Contest.
PM Tournament, first place, Mike Sigler, Carl King, Jason King, Derrick Yonker; second place, Jimmy Stewart, Tom Simpkins, Jon Godwin, Bill Simpkins; third place, Jeremy Tucker, Brent Fields, Marshall Wooten, Ronnie Casto; fourth place, Tony Young, Randy Tolliver, Luther Young, Bill Ellis. Ron Hudson was the winner of the PM Putting Contest.
Tommy Mayes won the silent auction; Dave Somerville won the Snowshoe Package; Van Ellis won the cash drawing.
This year the tournament also had its first hole in one prize winner when Colby Ingels aced hole 9 from 130 yards away.