Golf tournament raises awareness, money for neglected and abused kids

Thursday marked another successful A&K Construction Sunrise Children’s Services Golf Tournament. Now in its seventh year, the golf event has raised more than $300,000 over the years to help abused and neglected children in Kentucky.

In all, 34 teams consisting of 136 players participated in Thursday’s tournament at the Country Club of Paducah.

Kenny Hunt, president of A&K Construction, has displayed a passion for supporting Sunrise Children’s Services during that time and says he’s proud his company serves as title sponsor.

“We just felt like it was something we could get involved in and a good cause because of the kids,” Hunt said. “We’ve been very blessed and very fortunate to be raised in a good environment and had opportunities to succeed in life. A lot of these kids don’t. Most of these kids don’t have the opportunity, so it’s about giving back, for sure.”

Sunrise is Kentucky’s largest nonprofit provider of care for abused and neglected children. Affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Sunrise traces its roots to 1869 and today serves more than 600 children each day through a statewide network of foster homes, residential programs and community-based services.

“I’m a strong believer that that’s what the problem is with our country today: we haven’t taken care of our kids like we should. It’s just a way for people who can to try and correct that,” Hunt said.

The golf outing has become a spring ritual for Hunt and other local businesses, organizations and individuals who participate through foursomes, hole sponsorships or other means. While it’s a fun day of golf and fellowship, the event means even more to the children of Sunrise who benefit.

“I want to thank the corporate community in Paducah.” Hunt said. “(They’ve) really supported us. The ‘who’s who’ corporate folks in this town, they support it without question. It’s an automatic. I just want to thank them for all their help and support.”

The work of Sunrise is made possible because of the generosity of churches, businesses and individuals. To learn more about Sunrise Children’s Services, click here.

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