Children from ages six to 16 have a hard time processing death, which is why the Tennova Healthcare - Clarksville Volunteer Auxiliary has supported Camp Willow Creek for many years through its Charity Golf Classic.
The most recent tournament drew nearly 70 participants to play 18 holes of golf, raising $21,000 that went to support Camp Willow Creek via sponsorships and entry fees.
Camp Willow Creek helps children and teens heal emotionally after they have experienced the death of a loved one throughout the past two years. There is no cost to the youths for this event; it is fully funded by the golf tournament’s fundraising.
The camp is sponsored by Tennova Hospice and funded by the Tennova Healthcare - Clarksville Volunteer Auxiliary, which is supported by 120 volunteers.
“It’s a fabulous cause,” said volunteer Wendy Young. “It’s no cost to the children. And where else are they going to get that kind of socialization and interaction with other kids?”
“I have actually gone down there twice,” said volunteer Dee Anderson. “The benefit to the children is astounding. They go down they’re very introverted about the death, whether it be a friend, a family member, a grandma, a grandpa or a parent. By the end of the week, they’re opening up, they’re talking, they’re realizing that they have to get these emotions out in a positive way.”
“The counselors are so empathetic,” said Lisa Greene of Tennova Healthcare-Clarksville.