BRIDGEPORT -- Giving can be contagious. Just ask Medbrook's Dr. Kelly Nelson.
Nelson and Dr. P. Bradley Hall were returning from a golfing fund-raiser recently, and after discussing the day's events, thought it would be a good idea to hold one locally. It finally happened Monday at Pete Dye Golf Club.
"We thought it would be a good idea to raise some money for kids in Harrison County," Nelson said. "The community has been so good to us. It's time for us to invest back."
The first-ever Children's Charity Golf Classic was sponsored by Medbrook Children's Charity, Inc.
Approximately 120 golfers raised between $20,000 to $25,000, Nelson said. Proceeds will benefit the School of Nursing Emergency Fund.
"They give that money to kids who have minor medical problems that probably could otherwise be treated, but their families are having economic trouble -- like pink eye, lice in their hair, or (the need for) glasses," Nelson said.
About 30 physicians made up the field, as well as pharmaceutical manufacturer representatives and local businesses, he said. The event also drew people from the Morgantown and Fairmont areas.
Nelson said he originally was expecting between 80 and 100 golfers.
"The response was incredible," he said. "We actually had to cut off invitations. This is just a compliment to the community. People know the need is there."
Nelson said he plans to make the classic an annual event.
"Everybody seems to be having fun," he said. "It's a great way to raise money."
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