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TEC raises $1,213 for Second Harvest Food Bank

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center presents a check for $1,213 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee at their distribution center in Knoxville, Sept. 20, 2010. The funds were raised during the 2010 Clod Classic golf tournament.  From L-R are Rick Mikels, East Tennessee Military Association Federal Credit Union; Patty Ford and John Bell, Second Harvest Food Bank; Master Sgt. Sam Daugherty and Col. Richard B. Howard, The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mavi Smith/Released)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center presents a check for $1,213 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee at their distribution center in Knoxville, Sept. 20, 2010. From L-R are Rick Mikels, East Tennessee Military Association Federal Credit Union; Patty Ford and John Bell, Second Harvest Food Bank; Master Sgt. Sam Daugherty and Col. Richard B. Howard, The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mavi Smith/Released)

McGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center presented a check for $1,213 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee at its distribution center in Knoxville, Sept. 20.

The center raised the funds at their Clod Classic golf tournament which was held at Royal Oaks Golf Club in Maryville, Sept. 3.

This annual event brings the staff and friends of the Training and Education Center together for a day of fun in support of a worthy cause.

"Giving back to the community is at the heart of what we do as Guardsmen," said Col. Richard B. Howard, commander of the Training and Education Center. "This year's event was a resounding success thanks to the many contributors and players who donated their time and money for the Second Harvest Food Bank."

More than 50 golfers, many of who had a military connection, competed in this year's tournament.

Special thanks went to the East Tennessee Military Association Federal Credit Union and Master Sgt. Sam Daugherty for their contributions in making it a success.

With the bulk purchasing power of 3 meals per dollar, the $1,213 raised will allow the Second Harvest Food Bank to purchase 3,639 meals for those in need.

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee is part of a national network of food banks called Feeding America. Second Harvest of East Tennessee serves 18 counties in East Tennessee, delivering food as far west as Crossville and as far East at Gatlinburg. Second Harvest distributes food to roughly 140,000 hungry people every month through a network of Partner Agencies throughout East Tennessee. These agencies are non-profit organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry and include church pantries, shelters, group homes, local kitchens, after-school program sites, rehabilitation centers and many others.