Third Annual Brooklyn Project Foundation Golf, Baggo, and Tennis Tournament raises over $48,500 for childhood cancer research


Several Stuttgart community members and residents from across the state gathered at the Stuttgart Country Club over the weekend for the Third Annual Brooklyn Project Foundation Golf, Baggo, and Tennis Tournament. Susan Adamson-Ray, the foundation organizer, said the event raised over $48,500 for childhood cancer research.

“We were completely blown away by that amount,” Adamson-Ray. “I already knew going into it that sponsorships were way up from last year, and we added 16 more teams than we had ever had before. We were amazed by the amount of participation this year.”

Members of Ludwig Distributing’s team, Bailey Dickson, Gabriel Rogers, and Steele Jessup, earned first place in the golf tournament. Reigning champions, Bubba Nutt and Kerri Sebree Nutt won the baggo tournament. Kerri has won the tournament twice, and Bubba has won all three years. Madeline Gill and Melinda Hopson won the ladies’ tennis tournament, and Madeline Gill and Bill Free won the co-ed tennis tournament.

Will’s Cinnamon Shop in Hot Springs had fresh cinnamon rolls and cookies available at the event, there was a dunk tank, Timbo Promotions of North Little Rock provided the music on Saturday, and beer and water were provided by Ludwig Distributing for tournament participants.

“We had no complaints this year. Everyone seemed to have a really good time. The weather was perfect except for a 30-minute delay on Saturday,” Adamson-Ray said. “I really look for this event to grow over the next years.”

The Brooklyn Project Foundation was started in memory of Adamson-Ray and Justin Ray’s daughter, Asher Brooklyn “The Bit” Ray. Asher battled Ewing’s Sarcoma, the second most prevalent bone cancer among children, for over five years. A rainbow appeared during the tennis tournament on Saturday, reminding everyone of Asher’s legacy and the reason behind the event.

“It was an incredible end to the weekend,” Adamson-Ray said. “Everybody who was sitting around started screaming and pointing at the same time. It was a very special moment in our weekend.”

Asher was the first patient at the Innovative Therapeutics Department in Little Rock when it started in 2016.

“What that program does is it provides clinical trials and research for kids who have exhausted standard therapy. To keep these kids from going out of state to look for further therapy, they can now stay in-state at Arkansas Children’s Hospital,” Adamson-Ray said.

All proceeds from the tournaments will go towards the Brooklyn Project Foundation’s contributions to the Innovative Therapeutics Department.

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