The Charity founded in 1981 to help Children's Charities in Central Kentucky

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The Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass

The Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass was founded in 1981 to help provide needed funds for the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, an agency that provides a full range of services for children from birth to five years of age who have disabilities. The charity celebrates its 37th anniversary in 2017. The Children’s Charity Fund’s first fundraising activity was a celebrity golf tournament for the CDCB at a time when celebrity golf tournaments were rare. The Children’s Charity Celebrity Golf Classic was an immediate success and over the past 30 years has become one of America’s most enduring and profitable celebrity golf tournaments.

Since its launch, the Children’s Charity Celebrity Golf Classic has raised more than $6 million dollars for the children of central Kentucky. The proceeds from the 2009 tournament benefited over 30 charities and positively affect the lives of approximately 300,000 children. In 2005, the Classic raised a record $1.1 million.

In 2003, the tournament expanded to include a week of entertainment, including a Tee-off Reception on Monday, a Kids Jamboree event on Tuesday, a Larry Gilbert Foundation celebrity golf tournament, the Children’s Charity Cabaret musical event on Thursday evening, and the Children’s Charity Classic golf event on Friday and Saturday. From 1985 to 1999, The Children’s Charity Fund operated the Love Tree, a Holiday event intended to provide gifts for needy children who otherwise would not receive any gifts. During that time the Love Tree provided gifts for 14,000 children in central Kentucky.