Thursday marked a major milestone for the annual Sunrise Children's Services Golf Tournament at the Country Club of Paducah. To date the golf outing has raised more than $250,000 for abused and neglected children in Western Kentucky who need a safe place to live.
President of A&K Construction, Ken Hunt, has built a legacy of generosity by having his business serve as Title Sponsor of the Sunrise Children's Services Golf Tournament.
"My good friend Ted Hudson had gotten involved with Sunrise. He approached me back in 2009 about sponsoring this tournament. I didn't even know who Sunrise was or what they did and I got to meet Phil Justice, he brought a few of the other Sunrise folks in, and found out about the organization and what they did," 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.
"Once I found out that they took care of kids that needed a home it was a pretty easy sell for me. I've had no problem getting involved in it," Hunt said. "We realize the magnitude of the problem and we're just happy to help out in any way we can."
A&K Construction has sponsored the event since 2009 and the 2014 outing saw the funds raised exceed $250,000 over the past six years.
"It's a significant amount of money and we're proud of that. I think we're one of the most successful fundraising events in this part of the state," Hunt added.
Sunrise is Kentucky's largest nonprofit provider of care for abused and neglected children in Kentucky. Affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Sunrise traces its roots to 1869 and today serves over 600 children each day through a statewide network of foster homes, residential programs and community-based services.
The work of Sunrise is made possible because of the generosity of churches, businesses and individuals. On Thursday, 32 teams and 128 players golfed.
To learn more about Sunrise Children's Services, click here.