Written on: September 17, 2023
ELKIN, NC – Another year of sunshine and clear skies greeted over 150 golfers and volunteers participating in the 31st annual G&B Energy Irons in the Fire golf event. The tournament, held on Thursday September 8, 2023, at Cedarbrook Country Club, is an annual charity fundraiser benefitting the Yadkin Valley United Fund. A record total of $42,000 was raised to jump start the YVUF 2023 fundraising campaign. This donation equates to 21 percent of the YVUF annual fundraising goal of $200,000.
A major highlight of the Irons in the Fire event is the food prepared by G&B Energy’s employee grill masters. Grilling and beverage stations scattered throughout the 18-hole golf course feature grilled pineapple and ice cream, smoked chicken wings, tender pork ribs, shrimp, pulled pork quesadillas and everyone’s favorite, a sloppy hot dog with all the trimmings. As an added treat, Shelton Vineyards hosted a wine tasting paired with charcuterie compliments of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.
The tournament is funded through the sponsorships of local community minded businesses, G&B Energy’s valued supply partners and individuals as well as the participation of over 125 golfers.
“I am honored and continually amazed by the support for this annual charity event,” said G&B Energy President Jeff Eidson. “With so much uncertainty in our current world, it’s refreshing to see so many give so much, creating another record-breaking fundraising event. The hard work of the G&B employees, the giving spirit of our sponsors and volunteers and the continued participation of golfers, continue to make the Irons in the Fire tournament a success. I am grateful for the dedication and hard work by everyone that participated in today’s event,” continued Eidson.
G&B Energy’s inaugural charity golf tournament was held in 1993 at Cedarbrook Country Club. The event is held annually on the first Thursday following Labor Day. To date, the tournament has generated over $643,700 in donations for charity and the event continues to be a significant fundraiser for the YVUF.
The YVUF serves the communities of Elkin, Jonesville, Mountain Park, Ronda, State Road, Thurmond and Traphill, by providing funds for 24 local non-profit agencies who assist residents of the Yadkin Valley. The YVUF also offers three scholarships to high school seniors at East Wilkes, Elkin, and Starmount.