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Giving Tuesday: Tom Bearson Foundation Gears up for Annual Golf Tournament

Photo Courtesy of Tom Bearson FoundationSARTELL — A Sartell based non-profit is hoping for sunny skies for their fundraiser this weekend.

The Tom Bearson Foundation is hosting its 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course in Sartell, Saturday.

Besides the golf tournament the fundraiser will feature a balloon release, lunch, dinner, door prizes and silent auction.

Saturday’s tournament kicks off at 1:00 p.m. with registration at 11:00 a.m. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.

Greg Bearson is the President of the Tom Bearson Foundation he says every year the organization is grateful for the community support it receives.

“We’re doing this to raise money for initiatives in our community, it’s an effort to try to keep our son’s memory alive, we know he’s going to be there in spirit on Saturday. I guess the last thing is, people that are there, just have a great time. We’re just proud of the support that the Sartell Community and the local area has given us.”

Bearson says one of the most well-known projects the foundation contributed to was the upgrades to the St. Francis Xavier gym.

“Last year, our foundation spent over $80,000 to refurbish the St. Francis Xavier gym in Sartell. We’re really proud of that, the gymnasium has a brand new multipurpose floor, new glass backboards, and it’s just a fantastic gym now that’s being used by a variety of members and people in the community.”

Tom Bearson attended St. Francis Xavier Elementary school and played mostly basketball.

The Tom Bearson Foundation was created two years ago in memory of Tom Bearson. He was murdered September 20, 2014, just four weeks into his freshman year of college at North Dakota State University. The case remains unsolved.

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