Contributed by East Alabama Youth for Christ

The W. James Samford, Jr. Foundation presented Youth for Christ’s 36th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, June 7 at the Auburn University Club. This was the most successful fundraiser in chapter history as the ministry surpassed its highest event fundraising goal to date.

A total of 94 businesses, restaurants and community sponsors contributed to this year’s tournament. The title sponsor for the event was Scott Bridge Co. and lunch was sponsored by Chuck’s Bar-B-Que. Two new exciting additions this year included a Taste of the Town feature and a golf ball drop, where one lucky contestant won $1,000 for their golf ball landing closest to the target when dropped from a helicopter. The ball drop was sponsored by Byerly and Associates, CPA.

Tabitha Vasilas, executive director of East Alabama YFC, was pleased to report another successful EAYFC Golf Classic in the books.

“What a remarkable day,” Vasilas said. “We are incredibly grateful to Lucinda and Race Cannon with the W. James Samford, Jr. Foundation for their generosity as the presenting sponsor. Their support helped catapult our fundraising efforts to a whole new level for the second year in a row. EAYFC is a faith-based, non-profit organization that relies upon the generosity of others to fulfill our mission of reaching youth for Christ.

“We are thankful for the 94 sponsors and in-kind donors as well as the dozens of individual donors who expressed their kindness toward the ministry and compassion for the youth through their support of this event. All contributions will enable us to continue reaching youth for Christ throughout East Alabama. Without financial partners, this work would not be possible. We would also like to thank our board of directors, the AU Club, the 108 golfers and all those who served to help make this event such a success.”

To partner with East Alabama YFC in reaching the youth in the community by getting involved or becoming a giving partner, email For more information, contact Vasilas at (334) 501-5637.