Highlands Golf Classic Another Success

September 14, 2017

Prestonsburg, KY - Highlands Foundation, the philanthropic organization within Highlands Health System, recently hosted the 2017 Highlands Golf Classic at scenic StoneCrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg.

The Golf Classic was scheduled for August 30, August 31, and September 1, and had two very successful first days, hosting 66 teams in total. With the inclement weather resultant from Hurricane Harvey, Friday’s event had to be cancelled. Thankfully, Highlands was able to put a positive spin on an unpreventable situation; 160+ meals meant for the event’s players and volunteers were donated to Westcare Emergency Shelter.

Proceeds from the golf tournament benefit the Highlands Center for Autism (HCA). Highlands Center for Autism was the first center of its kind in the state of Kentucky exclusively using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. ABA is a science that uses behavioral techniques to teach children basic and complex skills. The program has a low child to staff ratio (virtually 1:1) and each child’s program is tailored to their needs.

HCA Program Director, Ashley Ratliff, “We are so thankful to be part of such a wonderful community that is so dedicated to helping our children succeed. If not for the incredible generosity of the community and the hard work of the volunteers that make the event possible, we would not be able to offer this intensive, research based treatment.”

Golf Classic contributions are donated directly to the Fee Assistance Program at HCA, which assists children in receiving the therapeutic treatment their families may not be able to afford otherwise. The 2017 event marked the 20th year for the charity golf event. In previous years, proceeds have funded other necessary healthcare projects at Highlands including the construction of a new Emergency Department and renovations of patient care areas.

Ted Nairn, Chair of the Golf Classic, spoke of his appreciation, “Once again, our friends and supporters of the Highlands Center for Autism have stepped up to make this event one of the best in our history. We and the families of the Highlands Autism Center are eternally grateful for the support.”

For more information about the Highlands Foundation or Highlands Center for Autism, www.highlandsfounation.org and www.highlandsautism.orgter for Autism, www.highlandsfounation.org and www.highlandsautism.org