During his two years as a United Way board member, which ended with his death during a mission trip in Honduras Feb. 6, 2007, Mason's dedication and vigor inspired volunteers and employees within the organization, spurring them to rename their annual golf tournament in his honor.
The event is scheduled for Monday at Barnsley Gardens Resort. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with tee time set for 9 a.m. The fee is $125 for a single player and includes breakfast, lunch and 18 holes of golf.
Proceeds from the the Ric Mason Memorial Golf Tournament will benefit United Way's 15 agencies: AIDS Alliance of Northwest Georgia, Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Bartow County 4-H Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Bartow Civil Air Patrol, American Red Cross, Christian League for Battered Women, New Beginnings Food Outreach, The Salvation Army, Good Shepherd Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Hickory Log Vocational School, North Bartow Community Services, Bartow Health Access and Advocates for Children. The nonprofits provide services to more than 60,000 area residents each year.