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Inaugural Golf Tournament to benefit Newly Formed

We Will Foundation Draws Rave Reviews

After a chance meeting on the golf course friendship was formed that resulted in the establishment of a charitable foundation to benefit children facing treatment for craniofacial deformities.

That meeting was between two individuals, Dr. Bob Wallace of the UT Medical Group and Jason Williams of the Memphis Grizzlies who became instant friends and formed the We Will Foundation earlier this year.

"We met during a round of golf at Southwind," explained Williams who is widely known by the nickname J-Will. "We became friends and he asked me about forming a foundation to help the children he operates on. I am always interested
in doing what I can for children."

I perform surgeries on children that suffer from severe craniofacial deformities," added Dr. Wallace. "I have traveled to numerous countries to perform these surgeries and would ultimately like to see this foundation become an international
entity."

Proceeds from the inaugural event have been earmarked to go towards the treatment of a young girl named Kierra who was born with Nagers Syndrome. She has a severely deformed lower jaw that requires her to breath through a tracheotomy tube in her neck and be fed through a tube in her stomach.

Kierra will need complex surgeries to rebuild her lower jaw. Once it is repositioned, and with therapy, she will be able to eat, breath and speak more normally. Kierra will be the first child helped by the We will Foundation.

When the decision was made to stage a golf fundraiser Williams put out the call for help for his Grizzlies family and they answered in force.

Teams of amateurs that signed on to help support the foundation's efforts were paired with numerous players and top brass from the Grizzlies organization for a day of competition at Spring Creek Ranch.

The Day was marked by an atmosphere of camaraderie as Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley, President of Basketball Operations, Jerry West and numerous players were on hand to captain teams in the scramble competition.

Grizzlies' guard Bonzi Wells received a crash course in golf technique and exchanged high fives with his teammates after launching a tee shot onto the par three thirteenth green at Spring Creek.

Shane Battier, who brings an above average level of golf talent to the table, teamed with Dr. Wallace for the Day, while Mike Miller headed up a team that included the putting contest winner Al Gossett - owner of Gossett Motor Cars.

But the team of the day was assembled by the flamboyant Grizzlies fan that can be seen cheering the team on from his courtside seats at every home game - Mark Goodfellow.

Goodfellow supports numerous charitable golf events in the area and when he wants to win he is capable of assembling a very formidable group of players. His group on this day lapped the field as they shot a mind-blowing 22 under par on the Spring Creek Ranch Course.

Goodfellow Was also a finalist in the putting contest, but when the group jokingly revoked his right to assistance from his favorite caddie, Kurt Jones, he came up short in his effort to win the luxury watch donated by Doran Rozen of Doran Diamond Merchant.

The day ended with a silent auction featuring some first class memorabilia and an awards ceremony to recognize the day's lucky winners. A substantial amount of money was raised to benefit the We Will Foundation and the stage has been set for a first class charitable event that will hopefully grow with each passing year.


Text and Photography By
Jimmy Darr
MSGM

 

 

 

 

 
 

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