15th Annual ERA for MDA Golf Classic

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ERA In The Smokies is sponsoring their 15th annual ERA for MDA Golf Classic on September 11, 2013. The golf Classic and Live Auction will occur Wednesday, September 11 at Bent Creek Golf Resort on Highway 321 in Gatlinburg, TN. Lunch will be served at 11:00 am, and players will tee off at noon. Teams will be made up of four golfers and players may bring a pre-made team or come alone and be placed in a team. The fee to play in the fund-raising tournament is $100 per player and includes lunch, green fees, cart fees, an embroidered golf shirt, goody bag, dinner and entrance to the live auction held after the tournament. Players will also have the opportunity to win a new car from Taylor Ford in Waynesville, NC during the Hole-In-One Competition.

ERA In The Smokies sponsors the MDA Golf Benefit to raise money to send local children living with Muscular Dystrophy to MDA Camp Discovery in Gainesboro, TN. 100% of the profits of the Benefit and Live Auction go to send local children to camp- no administration fees.


What is MDA?

MDA is a non-profit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, specifically muscular dystrophy, by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. Muscular Dystrophy is a group of genetic diseases in which muscle fibers are unusually susceptible to damage. These damaged muscles become progressively weaker. Most people who have muscular dystrophy will eventually need to use a wheelchair. Symptoms of the most common variety of muscular dystrophy begin in childhood, primarily in boys. People who have muscular dystrophy may have trouble breathing or swallowing. Their limbs may also be drawn inward and become fixed in that position- a problem called contracture. The heart and other organs may also be affected in some varieties of the disease. There is not cure for muscular dystrophy, but medications and therapy can help slow the progression of the disease.

“MDA campers dream about summer camp all year and often say it’s better than Christmas; some even say it’s changed their lives. Almost all campers agree that it’s “the best week of the year””

MDA camp offers a fun and safe outdoor experience, along with opportunities to engage in a variety of activities such as horseback riding, swimming, adaptive sports, arts and crafts, camp dances and much more. However, if you talk to some of the campers about their experience, they will tell you that the real benefits are the lifelong friendships, the increased self-esteem and confidence and the chance to spend at least one week of the year in a place where physical disabilities are the norm rather than the exception. MDA staff and volunteers assume all camper care, including physical and emotional support, allowing parents much-needed time to attend to their own need and, in some cases, spend some special time with the camper’s siblings.

Businesses or individuals may sponsor a golf hole for $100; signage for the Hole Sponsors will be present at the Hole sponsored on the day of the event. Items and/or services of value are needed for the Live Auction. All sponsors are recognized in the participant program  available on the day of the event. To become a sponsor or player, please call (865)430-3366.


13th Annual ERA for MDA Golf Benefit

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Plan your Smoky Mtn. Golf Vacation!It’s time again for the ERA for MDA Golf Benefit. We had tons of fun last year, and we can’t wait for this year’s event, just over 2 weeks away! This golf event falls on the second Wednesday in September…I think it is a great idea for a great cause. ERA for MDA!On Wednesday, September 14, 2011, ERA In The Smokies Realty & Rentals will be sponsoring the 13th Annual ERA for MDA Golf Classic for Jerry’s Kids.

In the past twelve years of the fundraising tournament, it has been a great time. Our staff, and all our friends who are involved never fail to have a great time…If you love golf, don’t miss this event. Here’s the schedule for the day:

Play Golf in the Smokies!11. a.m. We’ll have a great catered lunch.

Noon. We’ll have a shotgun start.

5 p.m. After the tournament, we’ll also have dinner provided …and drinks!

6 p.m. (ish) There is a great auction of donated items–everything from vacation packages & $2000 pickles (I’m not kidding) to oil changes and teddy bears. The auction is hosted by Marty Loveday & Associates who keeps everyone in stitches.

Win a new Ford Fusion!There are great prizes again this year! The hole-in-one prize sponsored by Taylor Motor Company Ford of Waynesville, NC is a new Ford Fusion!

The entry fee is $100 per player & includes: Lunch, Green fees, Cart, an embroidered Golf Shirt, a Goody Bag, Dinner & all the Refreshments you can handle!

Bent Creek Golf CourseSo put together a team or come alone, and they will pair you with other single players. If you are not able to come and play, your participation (by sponsoring a hole for only $100) is still greatly appreciated. Sponsoring a hole can give your business some GREAT ADVERTISING while doing something very worthwhile for the kids who suffer from Muscular Dystrophy.

Spend the night at Golf Vista!100% of the money is earmarked to send local MDA kids to summer camp—no administrative fees—so please be generous! Last year ERA donated over $10,000 to MDA Camp Discovery in Gainesboro, TN.

If you need a place to stay for the event, call 1-800-309-0277 and tell them you want to come to Gatlinburg for the tournament–the folks at ERA In The Smokies will find the perfect place for you. See you there!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.