September 2018 tournament at The Olde Farm raised a record $56.6 million for Mountain Mission School
BRISTOL, Va. — On Saturday, April 20, CBS will showcase The American Legends charitable golf tournament, recapping the day in a half-hour special that will air nationally beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST.
Held at The Olde Farm in Bristol, Virginia, on Sept. 10, 2018, the event featured golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Lorena Ochoa, Tim Finchem, Betsy King and Lanny Wadkins; football icons Peyton Manning and Dan Marino; and NBA star player and coach Jerry West, all competing in support of Mountain Mission School (MMS). The day’s charitable total: $56.6 million raised for the school’s endowment fund, an amount that is the record for the largest, single-day charitable gift in PGA TOUR history.
“This was an amazing event that brought together some of the most accomplished and admired names in sports history,” says Marc Eubanks, club manager at The Olde Farm. “It was a wonderful day of camaraderie and sportsmanship, and we’re very grateful to our partners at the PGA TOUR for helping us share it with the many fans of our legends and all the supporters of Mountain Mission School.”
Located in rural Grundy, Virginia, MMS provides shelter, nourishment and high-quality education for children, ages toddlers to teens. Many of those at the school have been rescued from poverty, abandonment and violence, and since its opening in 1921, MMS has helped thousands of children from the U.S. and 70 additional countries, relying solely on charitable gifts rather than state or federal support.
Chris Slone, president of Mountain Mission, says that students, faculty and staff will gather to watch the tournament broadcast as part of the school’s 98th birthday celebration, which also takes place this coming weekend.
“The spirit of fellowship and giving at the event was just amazing,” Slone says. “Our patrons and partners have helped ensure sustainability for our next 100 years. We will be able to improve the lives of thousands more children as a result, and we are incredibly grateful for such abundant generosity.”
Title sponsors of the event included Gregory Pharmaceutical Holdings, makers of Blue-Emu®, Food City, Johnson & Johnson, and the United Company.