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Ball and Chain Challenge proceeds to benefit Red Cross disaster fund

Date: 4/28/2011

Ray Hobbs presents a check for $5,000 to Bridgette WilliamsPINE BLUFF -- A portion of proceeds from the 2011 Ball and Chain Challenge Golf Tournament, which is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Correction’s employee associations, will benefit the American Red Cross Arkansas Disaster Response Fund.

ADC Director Ray Hobbs made the $5,000 contribution Wednesday.

“Proceeds from the tournament traditionally benefit the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation,” said Shea Wilson, ADC communications administrator. “But, with the recent bouts of severe weather and the resulting deaths and disaster, Mr. Hobbs and other ADC employees felt it appropriate to make a contribution in advance of the May 23 tournament. We had enough money collected to cut a check today, so we did in hopes of helping the Red Cross meet immediate disaster response needs.”

The ADC has units all over Arkansas and some of its employees are among those impacted by the storms and tornadoes, Wilson added.

“The Ball and Chain Challenge is a popular tournament held each year at Harbor Oaks in Pine Bluff and it is generously supported by local citizens, public officials and businesses, in addition to ADC employees. If it weren’t for the combined efforts of these people, our contribution would not be possible,” Wilson added.

The Red Cross is a participating service provider of the United Way of South East Arkansas and depends on the annual campaign for much of its funding, Wilson noted. Through pay roll deductions at work employees can donate to this organization. 

“A tornado or other natural disaster can occur and impact any person at any time,” Wilson said. “If we all join together and do what we can, we can help those who need assistance.”