November 21, 2014
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Susan and Jason Smith, founders of the Emerson Rose Heart Foundation with friend Carol Tucker,  Alvin Farrow, district director, and Michelle Lanceley, store director at BI-LO store No. 5566 in Pendleton, S.C.​

Some 132 golfers, 50 sponsors and 50 volunteeres gathered Oct. 24 at the Brookstone Meadows Golf and Country Club in Anderson, South Carolina for the Emerson Rose Heart Foundation’s fourth annual golf tournament, and BI-LO proudly stepped up as the event’s presenting sponsor.

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting and raising awareness for babieswho are born with congenital heart defects. The event’s proceeds help fund research efforts focused on innovative methods of treatment, prevention, and diagnosis, supporting families and changing lives in the Upstate, throughout South Carolina and across the globe.

"BI-LO recognizes the role we play in helping to make our communities better places to live, and our associates are passionate about supporting organizations like the Emerson Rose Foundation that work tirelessly to help those who need it most,” said Alvin Farrow, BI-LO district director. “By supporting this tournament, we were also able to support families in our community who have been affected by CHD."

Just before the tournament’s shotgun start, event attendees participated in a balloon release and a moment of silence to remember those affected by congenital heart defects. Names of affected children were written on each of the 1,200 balloons launched.

The tournament raised $48,000, exceeding the Foundation’s goal by $5,000 and topping last year’s tournament by $13,000.

"BI-LO helped bring a level awareness that we would not have been able to achieve otherwise,” said Jason Smith, founder of the Emerson Rose Heart Foundation. “It is difficult to find words that express our gratitude. Together we are changing futures of children born with heart defects and the families who care for them."

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Balloons were released in honor of those affected by congenital heart defects.

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BI-LO golf team that participated in the tournament.

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