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MCCA golfing fundraiser goes virtual Friday

SoVaNow.com / October 14, 2020


Heather Hite, one of the founders of the annual Cindy Hite Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Mecklenburg County Cancer Association, said despite the COVID-19 pandemic, fundraising must go on.

The pandemic has forced the tournament organizers to find a new way to continue their support for MCCA, Hite explained, adding that it was family friend Victoria Moore Messick who suggested they hold a virtual fundraiser.

While there will be no golf, Hite hopes everyone who supported the tournament in the past will take part in the online event Friday, the date on which the Cindy Hite Memorial would have been held

They approached Andy Lucy and Jonathan “JJ” Sharp of Flip Flop Live radio asking for help. The two agreed. “We teamed up with the Cindy Hite Memorial Golf Tournament last year and what a success it was and we’re back and ready to do it again this year,” the pair wrote on their flipfloplive.com page.

On Friday, Oct. 16 from 7-10 p.m., Sharp and Lucy are hosting a live radiothon through their Flip Flop Live show during which they will announce the winners of various raffle prizes — a photography session with Spectrum Photography, a grillin’ package courtesy of Bobbin’ Cork and Ace Hardware, a golf package from Kinderton Country Club, a day on the lake with a boat rental from Clarksville Marina and a local-made prize package featuring products and art from local artisans.

They will also announce the winner of the $1,000 cash prize drawing.

You can listen to the live show by downloading the Flip Flop Live app by going online to cindyhitegolf.com and clicking on the “download now” link or by going to flipfloplive.com and clicking on the link for either Google Play or the Apple store. You can listen on your phone or tablet and the winners of the various raffles will be announced throughout the show along with callers making pledges.

Raffle tickets and the cash drawing tickets can be purchased online at cindyhitegolf.com.

Hite said if you’d like to make a donation to MCCA without participating in the raffles or the Radiothon, you can use the “Donate Now” button on the cindyhitegolf.com webpage. Those who prefer to donate via check, should make it payable to MCCA and mail it to Cindy Hite Memorial Tournament, P.O. Box 130, Clarksville, VA 23927.

Hite thanked in advance the many individuals and businesses who are helping to make this year’s virtual event a success. In addition to Spectrum Photography, Kinderton Country Club, Bobbin’ Cork, Ace Hardware and Clarksville Marina, supporters include Clarksville Auto Supply, Hite’s Clothing, Integrity Real Estate, Memory Makers, Southern Graphics, Wood Grain & Grace and Will and Donna Ober.

October has always been an important month for the Hite family. It was the month in which Cindy Hite was born, as well as the month the family lost her after a courageous battle with breast cancer. To honor her memory, they decided to host a golf tournament in her name in October, which also is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Cindy “always liked to watch Lane [her son] play golf and that’s why we decided on a golf tournament,” said Hite.

2020 has been tough on everyone, but Hite said she hopes supporters of the Cindy Hite Golf Tournament and MCCA will find the time to have some fun on Oct. 16. “Go play a round of golf, at Kinderton or Arlington or Florida or North Carolina, wherever your are.” Post that you played online on the Cindy Hite Golf Tournament Facebook page. The name of everyone who posts to the page will be entered in a special drawing announced during Lucy and Sharp’s radiothon.

Mecklenburg County Cancer Association’ mission is to provide a channel to support cancer patients living in Mecklenburg County. Since its creation nearly 15 years ago, MCCA has been able to provide over $500,000 of direct financial assistance to Mecklenburg County residents. In the past eight years, the Cindy Hite Memorial Golf Tournament has raised nearly $260,000 for the MCCA.

Hite promises that Oct. 16 will be a fun night to raise money for MCCA, while also listening to some popular beach music on Flip Flop Live radio. She hopes everyone will join in and says she looks forward to seeing everyone in on the third Friday of October in 2021 for the ninth annual Cindy Hite Memorial Golf Tournament.

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