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Golf Scramble to Benefit State’s Adoption Recruitment; April event at Cardinal Club to feature UK stars Cameron Mills, Jimmy Dan Conner

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 14, 2006  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180; Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042; or Mike Grimes, (502) 564-2147  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 14, 2006) – Proceeds from a charity golf scramble next month will benefit Kentucky’s public adoption recruitment efforts.

The Kentucky Mulligan Invitational will be Monday, April 10, at the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Club, at 401 Champions Way, Simpsonville. Former University of Kentucky basketball standouts Jimmy Dan Conner and Cameron Mills will be special guests.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Cost for a two-person team is $180. 

The event is sponsored by the Mulligan Society of Kentucky and CBMC. The nonprofit groups will use their proceeds to support three adoption programs, including the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP).

SNAP will use its share to recruit more adoptive families.

“We are grateful when a nonprofit agency steps forward to financially support our SNAP recruitment efforts, particularly those where our waiting children can meet approved, prospective parents,” said Mike Grimes, manager of the cabinet’s Adoption Services Branch. “Many of our ‘forever families’ have made initial connections at our SNAP picnics.”

The Shining Star Photo Gallery, a photo collection featuring portraits of foster children in the SNAP program, will be on display at the golf scramble, and SNAP staff will be there to answer adoption questions.  Staff from Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK) will provide information regarding their program, which offers training and support groups for adoptive families.

Lexington’s WLEX-TV will also be at the club to produce segments for its weekly Thursday’s Child reports that feature children from the SNAP program. The segments air Thursdays at noon and 5:30 p.m.

“We hope while golfers are enjoying the day’s events they learn a little about SNAP and the state’s constant need for adoptive families,” Grimes said.

The entry fee includes a 5:30 p.m. clinic with the Cardinal Club’s director of instruction, Tim Schulz. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and features Conner and Mills as keynote speakers. Prizes will be awarded.

Make a reservation or get more information by calling Ginger Davis at (859) 333-1892 or e-mailing cbmclex@insightbb.com.

For more information about SNAP and adoption, call (800) 928-4303. Or log on to the SNAP home page at www.chfs.ky.gov/snap.

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Last Updated 3/15/2006