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MJ's Windtree to host Cure for Our Friends

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Kevin Dyson, Derrick Mason,Rayne Stewart and Randy Fuller will be playing in the upcoming Cure for Our Friends tournament. Submitted

Cure for Our Friends is gearing up for their third annual golf tournament to benefit local families affected by Cystic Fibrosis and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The tournament has been scheduled for Saturday, April 16, at Windtree Golf Course in Mt. Juliet. Coordinator Michelle Butler said 38 teams have already signed up for the tournament, which has a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.

"We went from 16 teams last year to 38 this year, and its due to people talking about how much they enjoyed how we ran our tournament," Butler explained. "The after-party is the best. They love our tournament and they enjoy coming in after, enjoying a catered meal from Courtney's and live music with their families."

Country duo Branch & Dean will headline the after party, followed by The Skahls.

Eight holes will be prized by local merchants. "We have several businesses that always support us," Butler added. The tournament is sponsored by Mitchell's Mr. Transmission (Jim Mitchell), the Putting Contest is sponsored by Metro Carpets (Frank Jones) and the Range Sponsor is Salon Galleria (Teresa Reed).

The tournament will also feature celebrity guests - including former NFL players - Tennessee Titans Derrick Mason, Rayna Steward, and Kevin Dyson; Paul Guidry, Buffalo Bills; James Johnson, San Francisco 49ers; Oliver Davis, Cincinnati Bengals; and Ottis Sistrunk, Oakland Raiders.

A portion of proceeds raised, from the tournament and silent auction items such as two roundtrip Southwest tickets, a condo at Panama City Beach and autographed merchandise, will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

"We also maintain some of it to help local families," Butler said, pointing out two recent cases where they were able to assist a single mother with her monthly car note and a family's utilities bill. "We don't physically hand them cash. We pay a bill and keep the receipt so we know how our funds were spent. A lot of people like that this money isn't just going to research. It is going to help a family in their time of need."

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