Golf tournament to benefit adults and children with developmental disabilities
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Karen Paonessa, right, sharpens her golf swing during a practice session at Dogwood Golf Course for the upcoming Right in the Community annual fundraiser. At left is golfer Tom Klein, who practiced just before Paonessa. <br> Staff/Jeff Stanton
Karen Paonessa, right, sharpens her golf swing during a practice session at Dogwood Golf Course for the upcoming Right in the Community annual fundraiser. At left is golfer Tom Klein, who practiced just before Paonessa.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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Doug Polley, left, donor for the Right in the Community golf tournament, chats with Shawnice Boykins, center, RITC intern, and Ioana Bovo Nicolescu before a kickoff dinner and meeting for the golf tourney.
Doug Polley, left, donor for the Right in the Community golf tournament, chats with Shawnice Boykins, center, RITC intern, and Ioana Bovo Nicolescu before a kickoff dinner and meeting for the golf tourney.
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By Sally Litchfield

MDJ Features Editor

sallylit@bellsouth.net

Tee Off for the Right in the Community challenge and make a difference in the lives of those with developmental disabilities. On Oct. 14, RITC will present its annual golf tournament at the Dogwood Golf and Country Club at 4207 Flint Hill Road in Austell.

The day starts with a continental breakfast and tee-off around 9 a.m. Lunch and the awarding of prizes will follow. Each participant receives a golf shirt, golf balls and thank you gifts. Drinks and snacks will be delivered on the course throughout play. Golfers can play as many holes as they like.

“The Golf Tournament is a great way to raise awareness about what RITC does,” said Todd Williard, one of the event organizers. He became involved in RITC through his wife, Betty, whose son, Landon, has a developmental disability.

RITC is a non-profit organization that provides information and support to people with developmental disabilities and their families that live in the area. For more than 50 years, RITC has provided one-on-one support and practical information to families from filling out paperwork for Supplemental Security Income applications, finding a dentist or doctor to simply listening.

RITC offers a variety of programs for developmentally disabled individuals including summer camps, lectures and workshops. The organziation also provides 22 group homes funded by HUD for adults with disabilities. All the comforts that go into making the houses a home are supplied by RITC.

“RITC helps train these people with disabilities to have active lives in the community. The Golf Tournament is a great way to raise funds for the important services that RITC provides,” the Smyrna resident said.

The golf tournament is RITC’s only fundraiser. There are many ways to get involved such as fielding a team as community captain, being a golfer, serving as a caddy, sponsoring a hole, sponsoring a golfer or simply donating to the cause.

“We hope to raise a whole lot of funds for RITC,” Williard said.

RITC is at 1830 Water Place, Suite 120, Atlanta.

To learn about RITC, visit rightinthecommunity.org. To learn more about the golf tournament, call RITC at (770) 427-8401 or call Williard at (770) 436-8409 or email tbwilliard@gmail.com.

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