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Sheriff's Fundraiser Attracts Golfers Despite Weather

About 80 golfers showed up for the Tenth Annual Sheriff Ted Paxton Golf Tournament despite the rainy day.

Despite the dismal weather Monday, about 80 golfers dressed up and showed up for the Tenth Annual Sheriff Ted Paxton Golf Tournament.

The event, held at the Windermere Golf Club in Cumming, is the sheriff's annual fundraiser benefiting Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes.

Capt. Tim House of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said the youth homes are five orphanages operated through the state by the Georgia Sheriff's Association. According to the website, these homes provides thousands of disadvantaged youth the opportunity to live normal, positive lives in full-time residential facilities.

While it's too soon to say how much money this year's tournament will take in, House said last year the tournament raised more than $22,000.

"This year with the economy the way it is and then the weather today [Monday] I don't know if we'll raise that much, but it will be a good tournament," he said.

George Coker and Bill Richards were two of the golfers who showed up, and they didn't mind playing in the rain either.

"Any day being on the golf course is better than being at work," Coker said jokingly.

Sheriff Paxton has helped sponsor the event since he has been in office. But with his term ending later this year after losing the election, it is unknown if the golf tournament will continue next year.

"That's up to the new sheriff," said Capt. House.

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