WILLIAMSBURG — Here For The Girls, a non-profit organization that provides social-emotional support for young women affected by breast cancer, held its annual golf tournament on April 15 at Fords Colony Country Club.
“As an organization, we are in our fifteenth year of supporting young women with breast cancer,” said Here for the Girls Executive Director Chris Schwab. “What’s really cool about this event is that the community comes together and the members come together.”
The ‘Breast’ Ball Golf Tournament was presented by Hudgins Contracting Corp. The tee times went from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. across all three courses.
“For me, it’s phenomenal to have the support. The support is from the community, the support of the other girls, and the support from the other organizations. For people to come out and show their pink and celebrate with us and to be six years out from this diagnosis is phenomenal. When I first heard those words, I didn’t know if I was going to make it here or not, so I’m really grateful to be here. So it’s pretty awesome, it’s pretty awesome to be able to celebrate this way.” said Breast Cancer Awareness Survivor Valerie Mitchell. “One of the mottos here is living life with an exclamation point. It’s that idea of: I don’t know when the end comes. It’s going to come someday for everybody no matter what, but until then I’m going to really live every moment and enjoy it and be grateful for it and this organization gives us a lot of reasons to celebrate and live those moments”
Every year, the tournament helps to raise money for Here For the Girls. However, this year, the tournament included a special dedication to the organization’s members living with metastatic breast cancer (stage IV).
“The breast cancer awareness survivors are cheering on the golfers that are leaving and just saying have a good time, and thank you for being here, but what’s really cool about this is that they’re coming together,” said Schwab. “That’s what we try to do at our events. Yes, it’s a fundraiser. Yes, we are bringing the community together. It’s also just another chance for them to connect.”
More information on the organization can be found on Here for the Girls’ website.
WYDaily was a “Birdie Sponsor” of this event. -Ed.