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Cure for Our Friends raises $25K

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Rayna Stewart and Jon Brown at the Cure for Our Friends tournament. SABRINA GARRETT / The Wilson Post

The third annual Cure for Our Friends golf tournament at Windtree Golf Course in Mt. Juliet raised $25,000 Saturday to help those affected by cystic fibrosis.

The event attracted 34 teams this year, doubling last year's number. Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto was a supporter of the event and Pastor Devon Webb kicked-off the tournament with prayer and a balloon launch. Following the tournament a party was held in the clubhouse. Dinner was provided by Courtney's of Mt. Juliet and dessert by Christie Cookie as players and guests enjoyed live music by The Skahls and headliners, Branch & Dean. They also bid on sports and music memorabilia in the silent auction.

The tournament featured former NFL players Rayna Stewart, Kevin Dyson, Paul Guidry, Roger Jones and U.S. soccer Olympian player Brent Goulet. Nashville Predators Energy Girls and mascot Gnash were also on-hand.

"When it matters for other people, you give yourself away," Stewart said of supporting Cure for Our Friends. "The things that I've done and experiences I've had are not for my benefit."

Guidry added that he's a supporter of anything that helps kids.

Coordinator Michelle Butler said they were "beyond grateful for our volunteers, golfers and sponsors."

Photos from the tournament will be posted to the Cure for Our Friends Facebook page this week.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Other funds will be maintained by CFOF to assist local families with medical bills and more.

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