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Four local charities to benefit from golf tourney

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY - What do college women, golf and community service have in common?

They're all part of an event that helps area men, women and children each year through local charities.

The 3rd annual Birdies for Charity golf tournament will be held Monday at Doublegate Country Club, where 32 teams will square off in a four-player scramble to raise money for four local charities.

The tournament -- organized by the 2010 Albany Debutante Club, a group of ladies in the community that raise money for the needy and participate in community service after completing their freshman year of college -- will benefit The Anchorage, The Lily Pad Sane Center, Liberty House and the Children's Miracle Network.

"(Our goal is) obviously to give back to organizations in the Albany area that make a difference in the lives of men, women and children, and to instill in the Debutante Club a sense of community service," said Wendy Mathis, the Projects Chairperson for the Charity League of Albany. "(Hopefully, we'll) have a little fun in the process."

Mathis said the event raised $20,000 last year, but she expects even more this year thanks to donations from local businesses, organizations and individuals.