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Proceeds from a golf tournament held in May will help nonprofit programs grow.

Officials from the Muskogee Golf Club distributed the proceeds from the health and wellness center’s Real Okie Championship to four organizations on Wednesday afternoon. The beneficiary organizations were Health & Wellness, Green Country Behavioral Health, Neighbors Building Neighborhoods and Lake Area United Way.

Muskogee Golf Club’s chief golf professional Bridger Ryan said the championship, which was held May 26-29, drew 155 players.

General manager Tim Payne said this year’s tournament raised $ 40,666. He said the allocation was based on how organizations helped the tournament through volunteers or resources.

As the tournament’s title sponsor, Stigler-based Health & Wellness Center received half of the tournament’s proceeds, more than $ 20,000.

“What a great affiliation we have with these people,” Payne said.

Health & Wellness Center CEO Teresa Huggins said the money would help create a charitable foundation. Details of the organization have not been finalized, she said.

“It’s going to make a huge difference,” Huggins said of the tournament proceeds. “This will be the foundation deposit. This will be the first fundraiser we have had.”

Huggins said the federally licensed health center serves several counties, including Muskogee and McIntosh counties.

“We provide holistic medical services to underinsured and low-income populations,” she said. “We have about 30,000 patients.”

A center in Warner offers medical and behavioral care, drug addiction treatment, psychiatry, and mobile dental care. The Eufaula and Checotah centers offer medical and behavioral health care, a pharmacy, drug addiction treatment, psychiatric care and mobile dental care.

The service also has centers in Haskell, Pittsburg, LeFlore, Sequoyah and Latimer counties.

The Muskogee Golf Club distributed approximately $ 6,700 each to the other three organizations.

Neighbors Building Neighborhoods Executive Director Kim Lynch said she expects the proceeds to go to Dream Team’s after-school and summer programs at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.

“It helps our kids tremendously and contributes to the program,” Lynch said. “We have six classes and 25 children in each class.”

Lake Area United Way General Manager Jenny Jamison said their share of the money will go to her annual campaign to benefit 16 Muskogee-area agencies.

Keith Harlin, director of adult crisis services at GCBH, said the money will go to awareness, as well as programs at a new medical services building under construction near his facility.

“We’re doing new things,” Harlin said. “We are growing, and this will help us to continue to grow.”

Payne said he was very impressed with the number of volunteers GCBH was able to provide to the tournament.

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