Registration deadlines for the Third Annual Brooklyn Project Foundation Golf, Baggo, and Tennis Tournament are quickly approaching.
The event will be held on Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Stuttgart Country Club. The deadline to register for the golf portion of the tournament is Saturday, Aug. 20, and the last day to register for the tennis match is Wednesday, Sept. 7. Susan Adamson-Ray, foundation organizer, said the easiest way to sign up for any of the tournaments is by filling out a registration form found on the Brooklyn Project Foundation Facebook page.
“You will see multiple posts where we have given you links and QR codes to sign up for all three of the events: golf, baggo, and tennis,” Adamson-Ray said.
Event sponsors need to designate what tournaments they are participating in by the deadlines.
“If they intend to play in any of the events, that is a separate sign-up. Even though they paid for it, they still need to register that they intend to play in one of the events,” Adamson-Ray said.
Details of each event and other ways to participate can be found below.
The golf tournament will be held Friday, Sept. 9, beginning at 11 am It costs $210 for each three-person team to participate.
There will be other activities during the golf tournament for eventgoers.
“We are going to try to have some fun things and games that are add-ons,” Adamson-Ray said. “We will have a lot of extra fun fundraising opportunities that we have not had in the past.”
Baggo and Tennis tournaments
Baggo and tennis tournaments will be held Saturday, Sept. 10. Baggo is $80 for a two-person team, and tennis is $100 for a two-person team. This year’s tennis tournament will look different than in 2021.
Lunches are provided for participants in any of the three tournaments, and beer and water are provided by Ludwig Distributing. On the second day of the event, Timbo Promotions of North Little Rock will provide music.
“This year, we will have a women’s doubles tournament and a co-ed doubles tournament. Participants will need to bring their partner,” said Adamson-Ray.
For the first time, the Brooklyn Project Foundation will have a dunk tank on-site at the tournament. The Stuttgart Fire Department will fill the dunk tank, and it will be available on both days of the event. Adamson-Ray said a few people have volunteered to be dunked, and more volunteers are needed. Community members can also nominate a friend to be dunked for $25.
“We will notify your nominee. As long as they agree, then they can be dunked,” said Adamson-Ray. “We are going to give the ‘dunkees’ the opportunity to pay double the amount that someone paid to nominate them not to be dunked. Maybe we can come up with some friendly competition, raise some money, and have some fun all at the same time.”
All the information about the dunk tank is available on the Brooklyn Project Foundation Facebook page. Participants can click the link or scan the QR code on the dunk tank post to submit their nominations.
Other ways to participate
Those wanting to support the foundation can also purchase cookies and fresh cinnamon rolls from Will’s Cinnamon Shop in Hot Springs. Pre-sales for the treats will begin next week.
“He is going to be available at the event on Saturday with his baked goods. They are delicious. We encourage people to order ahead of schedule,” Adamson-Ray said.
Nativ, an Arkansas-based clothing company, will sell special tournament t-shirts prior to the event. Products will be sold during the last week of August.
“People who want shirts and other merchandise before the tournament can order, and it will be with them before the tournament. I will not be selling it at the tournament like I did last year. It is all going to be online this year. I encourage people to get their orders quickly,” Adamson-Ray said.
To register for any of the tournaments, visit the Brooklyn Project Facebook page. There is a link to the registration page and a QR code. All other information, including details on the Nativ and Will’s Cinnamon Shop sales, will also be posted on the foundation’s Facebook page.
The Brooklyn Project Foundation
The Brooklyn Project Foundation was started in memory of Asher Brooklyn “The Bit” Ray, daughter of Stuttgart natives Susan Adamson-Ray and Justin Ray. Asher battled Ewing’s Sarcoma, the second most prevalent bone cancer among children, for over five years. After Asher passed away in 2018, her parents started the foundation in her memory.
“We decided that we wanted to have a foundation that raised money for research for childhood cancer because it is so grossly underfunded. We just felt like that was the best place that our money could go and the money that people gave us could go. We formed the Brooklyn Project Foundation in June of 2019, and our money goes to the Innovative Therapeutics Program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital,” Adamson-Ray said.
Asher was the first patient at the Little Rock hospital’s Innovative Therapeutics Department when it started in 2016. In 2020, the Brooklyn Project Foundation donated $80,000 to the department. This past year, the foundation donated $100,000.
“We are hoping to equal the amount we gave last year. With any luck, we will be able to up that a little bit this year,” Adamson-Ray said.