“It means the world to an organization our size to have Major League Baseball in the form of the Atlanta Braves taking an active role in not only paying tribute to legendary manager Bobby Cox but to also assist EVHS in helping saving lives by making sure that our doors can stay open and the lights stay on,” said EVHS Director Bryan Canty, adding former Braves pitcher Rick Camp was instrumental in organizing the tournament. “And it supports our programs that we have in effect that are also making a profound difference in the Bartow County community – the Homeless Pets Club [and] the state transport operation that we have operating out of the facility.
“And just being able to get out and educate the general public on responsible pet ownership and making them aware of pet overpopulation in Bartow County … that takes literature and being able to maintain visibility, exposure and viability in our community. … Bobby Cox is definitely not only a legendary former manager of the Braves but just a good friend of our organization. The love of animals that he and Pam have exhibited really means the world to EVHS. Without them, it would be very, very hard to sustain ourselves from a financial standpoint.”
Presented by Walmart, the tournament will be held at Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville. Golfers will tee off at 10 a.m., following a 7:30 a.m. registration and breakfast. The four-player teams also will have the opportunity to bid on a celebrity to play in their group during the tournament.
Entry fees are $200 for an individual player and $800 for a team. Sponsorships also are available, ranging from $250 to $5,000. Prior to the tournament, Randy Owen – lead singer of Alabama – will headline a concert at Barnsley Gardens Resort on Oct. 7 for the benefit’s golfers and sponsors. There also will be a meet-and-greet opportunity and silent auction.
Opened in 2006, EVHS' 4,928-square-foot shelter at 36 Ladd's Mountain Road costs about $240,000 per year to manage. The shelter consists of two staff offices, a quarantine room, two visitation rooms, 14 temperature-controlled kennel runs, a cat room with 24 cages and a puppy room with 22 cages.
Since the EVHS currently is funded solely by private donations, fundraisers and adoption fees, events like this are integral to its operation.
“We were more than happy to accommodate [the Etowah Valley Humane Society]," Cox told The Daily Tribune News in 2011, prior to the South Paw Fan Fest. "Pam's been an animal lover forever. In our little place we have in Adairsville, we've had horses. We had some goats. We had some chickens and of course our dogs. It breaks your heart to walk into one of these shelters knowing that some of these animals won't be here tomorrow.
“... Anything that Pam and I can do to help animals, we have a real problem saying, 'No.' It's such a worthy cause. It brings tears to your eyes -- it really does -- to see these animals. It's just a shame that we have to do what we have to do [for] them [as far as fundraisers], but on the other hand, it's rewarding to do what we do to save a bunch of them."
For more information about the EVHS or to register for its upcoming fundraiser, contact Canty at email@example.com, 770-383-3338 or 770-655-0927.