Kingsport Times-News: Golf fundraiser for PLP Thanksgiving Dinner honors longtime volunteer
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Golf fundraiser for PLP Thanksgiving Dinner honors longtime volunteer

STAFF REPORT • May 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A golf fundraiser this weekend to benefit Rogersville’s annual free Thanksgiving dinner is being played in honor of a volunteer who served the program since its inception in 2004 until he passed away last year.

Daniel Lemons always knew where he could find his father, Bruce, on Thanksgiving morning.

“Dad looked forward every year to Thanksgiving Day," Lemons said. "He loved to help people, to meet new folks and to serve the community he loved. He just looked forward to the fellowship.”

Since its inception, the People Loving People Thanksgiving Dinner in Rogersville has served literally thousands of traditional holiday dinners to the local community and into upper east Tennessee, Virginia and even North Carolina.

“Bruce would be one of the first, if not the first, volunteer driver to show up to deliver meals every year,” said Dr. Blaine Jones, who co-founded of the event with Mark DeWitte. “I remember it was always Bruce and usually Carl Davidson until Carl passed away. Rocky Clevinger and maybe Eddie Eidson had also been with him a lot to deliver meals as well. There is no telling how many Thanksgiving dinners Bruce Lemons delivered in this community, and I can guarantee you he did it with a smile and a blessing to all those who received them.”

To honor his father and help support the cause his father so cherished, Daniel Lemons, along with friend David Glover, has set up the first ever Bruce Lemons Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday at McDonald Hills Golf Course in Rogersville.

All proceeds will benefit the People Loving People Thanksgiving Dinner.

It will be a four-man captain’s choice format with donations of $50 per person or $200 per team.

Those interested in participating can call (423) 272-1477 for more information.

Shotgun start times will be determined after all entries are assessed.

“I can’t think of a better way to honor my father than to try and raise money so someone else can deliver free Thanksgiving dinners to someone in need,” Lemons said. “If he were still around, I know he would be right there in line to do the same. We are wanting to make this an annual event, and we hope that we will have tremendous support of the tournament and in turn the People Loving People Thanksgiving Dinner.”

The People Loving People Thanksgiving Dinner has served well over 3,000 meals every Thanksgiving the past several years.

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