Updated 05/07/2012 04:44 PM
'Longview 100' benefits Charlotte family shelter
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CHARLOTTE -- The Wells Fargo Championship is over, but another group of men are hitting the golf course Monday for a good cause. They're playing close to the same amount of holes that the PGA golfers did in a week, in just one day.
It's a part of the annual "Longview 100" at the Club at Longview in Waxhaw, and this year, for the second time, it's benefiting United Family Services.
Nick Page and a buddy started the event four years ago. They said they don't really practice, they just hit the ball and keep going.
"We were walkers, we like to play fast, we normally played 36 a day and we said, we could do 100. Let's do it for a cause, and we did, and here we are today,” said Page.
The event has grown to 20 men, and has already raised more than $100,000 this year.
They're playing for United Family Services, to raise awareness about domestic violence.
"I think it's important for me to recognize this as something we should not take for granted or be quiet about, but to stand up and say it's wrong,” said Page. “And men love to play golf, so it's natural."
The money will be put towards the building of a new battered women's shelter. The new facility will have 80 beds, and they hope to have it built by December, to replace the old one.
"This is a shelter that exists in Charlotte since the mid-1970s, and it's woefully inadequate. It's got 29 beds. Counties around us have larger shelters than we do in Charlotte,” said John Tighe, chairman of the board for United Family Services.
They said they want more men to get involved and raise awareness about domestic violence, and stand up and say it's not okay.
"I think that all of us have a capacity to want to believe that this is something that happens over there, in a different part of the world and it doesn't happen in our neighborhood, and the facts are that domestic violence happens everywhere, there are no boundaries, certainly no economic or social boundaries,” said Tighe.
And they said the new shelter, will help even more victims of domestic violence get back into society.
"We're doing something we enjoy doing to help people who absolutely can't help themselves that are not enjoying the lives they've been given, so this is a great opportunity,” said Page.
Last year, the "Longview 100" raised more than $115,000. They expect this year's number to be even higher.