A Message From Dr. Kim
Join Us For a Great Cause
Wednesday morning, Sept. 26
Egwani Farms Golf Course,
Check-in: 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Group photo: 8:00 a.m.
Instructions: 8:15 a.m.
Shotgun start: 8:30 a.m.
This is a special year for The Free Medical Clinic of America. Twenty-five years ago, we began our ministry of providing free medical treatment for uninsured working men and women in Knox and surrounding counties. In June clinic staff, volunteers and supporters gathered at Crowne Plaza for a 25th anniversary Celebration Dinner.
The Dr. Tom Kim Charity Golf Tournament has also achieved a milestone, as this represents the 10th anniversary. The tournament has become the main fund-raiser the clinic conducts each year.
Speaking of milestones, earlier this year we treated our 15,000th new patient.
Many wonderful people have contributed to our success – especially our dedicated group of volunteers who answer the phones, schedule appointments and process patients as they arrive for treatment. Without them The Free Medical Clinic could not operate.
In 2009, we launched the Dr. Kim Golf Tournament. It has generated gross proceeds of more than $325,000. For the tournament’s success, we are indebted to the loyal core of sponsors, players, donors and volunteers who have stood with us, year after year.
The tournament will be held for the fourth straight year at Egwani Farms Golf Course in Rockford on Wednesday, September 26. I urge you to join us.
You have a number of ways to participate — as a corporate, contest or team sponsor; as a player; or as a cash or prize donor. Regardless of which level you choose, you are extending a helping hand to thousands of men and women who depend on The Free Medical Clinic for their health-care needs.
Elsewhere on the clinic web site are forms you can fill out and submit online, or if you prefer, print out, fill out and mail to the clinic. Included are links to sponsorship and donation opportunities, as well as forms to provide team and individual player information. Others detail ways to make a financial donation or donate prizes to present to tournament winners. Another link is available for those of you who would like to join our tournament operation team.
If you plan to field a team or want us to place you on a team, submit the participation form, along with your fee, no later than August 31. We will accept teams and players through September 21; however, we cannot guarantee a golf shirt for anyone signing up after August 31.
For those wishing to donate merchandise or gift cards/certificates, we would appreciate your commitment no later than the end of August, although you may submit your contribution or prize any time before the tournament. Options for getting your information and payment are detailed on the appropriate links.
For additional information, call clinic office manager Peggy Coley at 865-577-3733 or 865-579-1515 or tournament chairman Wade Saye at 865-777-1490.
We’re pleased to have one of the Rusty Wallace dealerships for the eighth straight year as our grand prize sponsor. A 2018 Kia Sportage – estimated value $25,000 – from Rusty Wallace Kia will go to the first player making a hole-in-one on the designated Par 3. The first golfer making a hole-in-one on any other Par 3 will receive a lesser prize. Prizes will go to winners of up to seven other contests – Point Blank Challenge, putting, longest-drive and closest-to-the-pin on two or more Par-3 holes – and to members of the top three teams. We will also draw for other prizes. Each golfer will receive free breakfast, lunch, beverages, snacks, a gift bag and a quality embroidered golf shirt.
I want to thank several other major sponsors that have supported the tournament for many years, notably Home Federal Bank, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR-TV, WRJZ Joy 620 radio, Callaway Golf and BoydTech Design.
I plan to ride around the golf course during play so I can greet members of each team. This allows me to thank each player personally. Regardless of how well you play, I consider you a champion, because you are supporting a ministry that is making a difference in our community.
Thanks, and God bless you.
Dr. Tom Kim