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Golf tournament Aug. 19 benefits area children

Article Published: Aug. 5, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Owen Miller, a 9-year-old boy living with a malignant brain tumor.

Elsie Saltman, a 6-year-old who just had a brain tumor removed.

Rick Pedroni, a local business owner determined to help.

What do they have in common? The fourth annual Casa Rustica Golf Tournament.

"One-hundred percent of the proceeds are going to these two families (the Millers and the Saltmans)," Pedroni said.

The Charity Golf Tournament went from idea to inception a few years ago, the brainchild of Pedroni and his wife, Elizabeth.

"First of all, I love golf," Pedroni said. "And I love charity work, and it seemed like a good combination ... Between the two of us, it seemed like something we would have fund doing and, at the same time, be able to help people in need."

Past tournament beneficiaries include Watauga Humane Society and the Watauga Rescue Squad.
This year, it's all about two special kids.

"I want people to know that 100 percent of the proceeds are going to these families ... that means we need just as much support as we can get," Pedroni said.

He's expecting a huge turnout on the green.

"Last year, we had to turn people away," he said. "We cut it off at 25 teams."

Golfers show up at noon for a sandwich and driving range warm-up, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Last year's event raised $10,000.

And, with about a month to go, it's crunch time. Costs are $100 per person, $400 per team.

That includes lunch and a buffet-style dinner awards banquet.

Sponsorships are also available for $100.

Can't make it to the tee off? Raffle ticket sales also benefit the cause. Items to be raffled include ASU Memorabilia and handmade quilts, and they're still accepting raffle donations. For information on tickets or to register for the tournament, visit Pedroni through his website,

The tournament happens at Red Tail Mountain Thursday, Aug. 19.

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