Tournament honors fallen golfer, benefits Helping Hands

The Lakeside Village Gals team celebrate taking 1st Place in the Ambassadors Buffalo Creek Golf Tournament benefiting Rockwall County Helping Hands. Team members are Donna Bruns, Sally Pines, Mimi Fisher and Tanya Magnus.

September 24, 2012 – It was a sell-out event and a day of fun and friendly competition benefiting Rockwall County Helping Hands and honoring a fallen golfer.

The annual Ambassadors Buffalo Creek Golf Tournament and its 142 golfers paid honor to the life of the late Brennen Teel, 31, the son of Ken and Becky Teel of Heath and a member of a tournament team in 2011.

“It was a beautiful day dedicated to the memory of Brennen and the wonderful young man he was,” said Margo Nielsen, Executive Director of Helping Hands. “Our hearts and prayers are with his family. His death is a great loss to his family, his many friends and to our community.”

Shirley and Joe Perkins, owners of Lake June Scrap Metals in Balch Springs, were Top Sponsor of the tournament, even though they don’t play golf. The couple, also a sponsor last year, took an interest in Helping Hands out of respect for their physician, Dr. David Lensch, Medical Director of the agency’s Health Center.

The Rusty Wallis team took 1st place in the men’s competition at the Ambassadors Buffalo Creek Golf Tournament benefiting Rockwall County Helping Hands. Team members are Ryan Cannon, Robert Kersk, Steve Coalson (he also won the Putting Contest) and Paul Sisk.

“When we first found out he was involved with Helping Hands, we didn’t think much about it,” explained Shirley. “Then, when Joe was hospitalized at Presbyterian Rockwall, Dr. Lensch told us he was sending in another doctor the next day because he had a Helping Hands event to go to.”

Her husband asked Dr. Lensch to get them some information about Helping Hands because, he said, “If you’re doing it, it’s got to be a good place!”

The Perkins were also grateful for the care provided by theHealthCenterfor an unemployed member of their church when he was ill and without health insurance.

“He was sent to the Health Center, they helped him, he recovered and now he’s a donor,” Shirley said, adding, “Just think, this all came about because of our respect for a doctor.”

For 36 years, Helping Hands has offered a hand up to Rockwall residents in crisis. Assisting financially with shelter and utility payments and providing food from its Food Pantry and clothing and household items from its Centsible Thrift Stores, the non-profit agency remains the first line of defense for residents in times of need.

The agency also offers affordable, quality health care at its Health Center, which serves a large spectrum of people. It offers a health care home with primary care medical services for all ages to those that are underserved due to no health coverage or high deductibles. There is also a sliding scale fee for those that qualify.

Join the Perkins and help financially support Helping Hands so it can continue its work of helping others in our community. For more information, please call 972-771-HELP (4357).

Story by Judy Evans.

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