Since 2006, the Terry Wood Memorial Tennis Championship has been held to honor the memory of Terry Q. Wood, a local businessman and avid tennis player who passed away in 2005 after experiencing a heart attack. To honor his memory, Wood's family and friends drew on his love of tennis to launch a memorial tournament, and set a goal to donate proceeds from the event to benefit local health care services.
The Whitfield Healthcare Foundation is the recipient of proceeds from the 2019 event, which was in April. Foundation staff recently accepted $3,556 from the 2019 tournament on behalf of Hamilton Medical Center's Cardiac Care Services.
"We gratefully accept this gift which will support excellence in cardiac care for the residents of northwest Georgia," said Jane Snipes, foundation executive director.
Initially, the tournament began as a small event spearheaded by Fred Burdick and Randy Ellison at the Dalton Golf & Country Club as a way to remember their good friend, Terry Wood. In 2007, the tournament was moved to Dalton Parks & Recreation Department's Lakeshore Park where it has continued to grow through the years. This year, players from across the region came to participate in men's and ladies doubles as well as a singles event for junior players.
The North Georgia Tennis Association (NOGTA) appreciates all sponsors and participants who helped make the tournament possible. Patron level sponsors included: Dart Drugs and Surgical, Denise Wood and family, Mohawk Carpet Foundation, Niche Graphic Flooring, North Georgia Tennis Association, The Robert Webb Sculpture Garden and ValuRite Pharmacy. Other sponsors include AOSM, Awards of Excellence, Harrell Machinery Sales, Love Funeral Home, The Wilson Company, Betty and Scott Andersen, Dawn and Carl Beard, Judy and John Coomer, Lisa Douglas, Mary and Dick Edwards, Robin and Mike Hurtt, Patricia and Ed Johnson, Stacy and Mike Junkins and Dawn and Gary Linn.
"The Whitfield Healthcare Foundation is always grateful for contributions received on behalf of Hamilton Medical Center, but especially thankful when our friends choose to support foundation programs and events which advance and enhance health care in our community," said Scott Sellers, Whitfield Healthcare Foundation board chair.
For information on how individuals and organizations can partner with the foundation to support capital projects, technological advancements and community health care initiatives, contact Snipes at (706) 272-6128 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.