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Cook Cares raises more than $40,000 for charities in golf tournament at Royal Lakes Country Club
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Cook Cares, the foundation for Cook Construction | Real Estate, hosted the first Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament at Royal Lakes Country Club recently to raise money for two local charity organizations.

SS Revolution Ministries’ Backpack Love program and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the care of the local Benchmark to Kona team were named as the two beneficiaries of the event.

More than 20 sponsors, more than 100 golfers and numerous staff from supporting companies around the state joined the Cook organization at Royal Lakes to raise more than $40,000 for the charities.

Greg Swinks, chief operating officer for Cook Construction, said he was impressed by the response Cook received for this first effort.

“Many businesses that we work with on a regional level showed up to participate in this event through sponsorship, donations and most importantly coming out to Royal Lakes to have a good time,” Swinks said. “Several of the participants drove up for the day from Atlanta and surrounding areas to be a part of an event that is fun for everyone involved.”

Keith Cook, the president and CEO of Real Estate, was quite happy with the day’s results, as well. 

“Our company believes that giving back to the kids in our community is a vital part of the success of our area and for future generations,” Cook said. “When you invest in kids, they tend to return that investment later in life. We know that building better communities is more than just building the physical buildings — it’s about building a better environment to go with those communities.”

Winners from the day’s activities included the first-place team from Rebel Steel featuring David England, Matt McCain, Jason Cheek and Chris Gaddy with a group score of 52.

The second-place team from PSK Document Solutions consisted of Shannon Kent, Andy Todd, Jerry Reeves and Matt Shuckster.

Closest to the pin was also awarded to Matt Shuckster, Michelle Cook had the longest drive of the day, and closest to the target went to Geoff Cook.

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