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Snell golf group at golf event supporting LifeSet

Middle Tennessee Golf Tournament Breaks Records in support of LifeSet

Jun 11, 2024 | Blog, LifeSet

A record-breaking $100,000 was raised at Youth Villages Middle Tennessee’s 13th annual golf tournament, all of which will go to support young people in the region’s LifeSet program.

Across Tennessee, approximately 1,000 young adults turn 18 while in foster care each year, and LifeSet supports these individuals as they transition into adulthood by helping them find safe housing, achieve stable employment, continue their education, learn to manage their mental health issues, and more.

The sold-out event, presented by Thomas & Company, was hosted at The Governor’s Club for 120 golfers who were eager for the opportunity to play in support of these young peoples’ futures. Along the course were additional fundraising activities including an air cannon, putting contest, and an attempt to out-drive a female professional golfer. She successfully beat almost every gentleman, single-handedly adding $3,800 to the total for LifeSet.

The event also boasted a silent auction with many sought-after items including international vacations, songwriting sessions, and handmade art created by youth served by Youth Villages.

The tournament concluded with a lunch where golfers heard from Shunday, a LifeSet participant, about how the program helped connect her with financial aid, housing and a vehicle while she pursued higher education at Tennessee State University to be a dental hygienist.

The Youth Villages’ team in Middle Tennessee would like to extend their gratitude to the sponsors for making this event a smashing success and all the golfers for sticking out the rain!

Thomas & Company, AHEAD, Snell Manufacturing, American Tool & Die, Nashville Ready Mix, Farmers Insurance – Jason Egly, Apple Spice Catering, Gallagher, Piedmont Natural Gas, Renasant Bank, Riley & Jacobson, Silicon Ranch Corp., Jeremy Head Golf & Academy, and Lipman.

If you’d like to learn more about the impact of LifeSet in Middle Tennessee and how you can support year-round, click here.

If you’d like to be updated on opportunities to sponsor or play in the 2025 golf tournament, please contact Lyndsay Wilkinson at

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