Dozens of golfers gathered at the Sunny Croft Country Club in Harrison County to keep Dylan Jeffries' name alive with a golf scramble fundraiser Sunday. It's a project that began with a conversation among members at the club, and quickly grew until the tournament took shape and took off. Club Vice President Mike Lambiotte said both South Harrison High School and the Jeffries' family were excited to start the project.
"So we contacted them this Spring, and Coach Brad Jett, the coach at South Harrison, was very supportive of it, and the Jeffries family just embraced the whole idea," said Lambiotte.
Organizers said the event had already raised more than five-thousand dollars and that money will go to establish a college scholarship in Dylan's name. That scholarship will help families in need send their child to college, a goal Lambiotte says is getting harder every year.
"Putting someone through college is very expensive, and many of us have done that, and every year it gets more expensive, and whatever money we raise here is going to the scholarship fund, and those scholarships will be given out next May for the graduating seniors of 2015," Lambiotte said.
The money will be split between two scholarships, one to be given to a student in Harrison County, and another to be given to an out-of-county student. No matter how well the event goes for the scholarships, there's one thing that the Jeffries family wants everyone to keep in mind.
"We need to take the younger generation and teach them good values, but also teach them that love is the most important thing in our lives. We believe that love comes first and as long as we do that, the good Lord will take care of the rest," said Dylan's father Richard Jeffries.