Tourney raises $22K for United Way

Published 10:41 pm Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ronald H. Williams presents a check to Bill Reid, chief operating officer of the United Way of South Hampton Roads (in yellow). The check represented the donations made through the 17th Annual Treasurer’s United Way Golf Tournament on Friday at the Nansemond River Golf Club. From left are C. Phillips Ferguson, Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Suffolk, Williams, Reid, Shirley Snead, executive secretary of the treasurer's office, and Jason Pittman, co-chair of the City Employee United Way Campaign.

Suffolk Treasurer Ronald H. Williams hosted the 17th Annual Treasurer’s United Way Golf Tournament on Friday at the Nansemond River Golf Club.

There were 130 people forming 33 teams who registered to play golf in the event, which raised more than $22,000 for a variety of charitable causes.

This year was special in that the tournament was dedicated to the memory of Donna Wharam, former chief administrative manager for the Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.

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Wharam was diagnosed with colon cancer at the end of September last year and died March 13 at the age of 45.

“We’re going to honor Donna’s memory and all the good things she did,” Williams said early during the event, “and at the same time use her life as an example to help others to try to continue to fight cancer.”

To this end, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life received $3,000 from the proceeds from the tourney.

Wharam is survived by her husband, Tim, her son, Brandon, 20, and daughter, Brooke, 16. Tim and Brandon participated in the tournament, and Brooke was recognized for her work with the Relay for Life team Bruin’s Bravest.

“It’s an honor,” Tim Wharam said. “It shows how much she was thought of, and it’s kind of a way of us giving back to other people that might have to go through the same thing.”

“Today we’re also going to give a thousand dollars in proceeds to Officer James Winslow, a Suffolk police officer who was beaten in the line of duty, brutally injured back in the spring,” Williams said Friday.

Williams later presented the check, indicating that a special account was set up for Winslow through the Suffolk Police Officers’ Association.

“That account is at Monarch Bank,” Williams said to the crowd during the presentation. “And you can make contributions, if you’d like, to that special fund that will benefit Officer Winslow and his family. We hope that one day he’ll be back amongst us to work, and I understand he’s doing real well.”

The Boys & Girls Club received a $2,500 donation, and $2,000 was donated to the Salvation Army.

The Sickle Cell Association in Suffolk was the recipient of $1,500 and the Suffolk Education Foundation, Western Tidewater Free Clinic, The Genieve Shelter, Meals on Wheels, and King’s Kids all received $1,000 each.

Bill Reid, chief operating officer for United Way of South Hampton Roads, was pleased with what the event does for the organization and Suffolk.

“It’s definitely a way for the word to get out (that) the United Way is active in Suffolk,” he said. “And because of the work that Ron and his staff do, they really are able to generate a lot of funds back to the Suffolk community, back to the United Way as a whole.”