STATE ROAD — Though Adam Marion’s life ended in 2008, his legacy lives through an annual golf tournament.
According to Children’s Center of Surry executive director Robin Testerman, the Pfc. Adam Lee Marion Memorial Golf Tournament raised more than $80,000 for her organization, which serves children and families in Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.
The event was held on April 27 at Cedarbrook Country Club.
Marion was 26 when a rocket attack outside of Sadr City, Iraq, claimed his life. Donnie Marion said his son was deployed as part of an N.C. National Guard unit tasked with performing route-clearance missions.
Donnie Marion and wife Pam Marion said the Children’s Center was a cause near and dear to their son’s heart. He was employed by the center in early adulthood, and he continued to volunteer at the center after joining the National Guard.
After Marion’s death, family friends John Lawson and Ralph Holt concocted the idea to hold a golf benefit in Adam Marion’s name, with proceeds going to support the Children’s Center. Since then, the tournament has exceeding their expectations of raising about $10,000 a year for the Children’s Center.
According to Testerman, the event has grown in each year it has been held. After the proceeds from April’s tournament, the ninth-annual event, were tallied, the golf tournament has raised more than $500,000.
Testerman said, per the Marion family’s wishes, those dollars are restricted for use in capital projects to support the Children’s Center’s mission.
According to literature provided by Testerman, the funds raised at the golf tournament allowed the center to purchase and renovate what is now the Pfc. Adam L. Marion Children’s Resource Center at 205 Leila Lane in Dobson, where the center’s community programs and administrative offices are housed.
Golf tournament proceeds also funded major improvements, including a roof, flooring and windows for the Surry and Yadkin County homes where more than 90 children will stay in any given year, and the funds were also used to replace a heating system and floors at the Pfc. Adam L. Marion Family Resources building.
A future project using money raised at the golf tournament is also being eyed. In 2013, golf tournament proceeds were used to purchase the former Lighthouse Restaurant property, which is adjacent to the center’s administrative offices. Though the former restaurant had to be demolished, the site will eventually house offices for the center’s more than 50 staff members and classrooms used for educational programs for children and families.
Testerman noted that without the golf tournament those projects might not be possible. The grants and operational dollars the center receives cannot be used for capital expenses.
“The Marions and the golf committee members work tirelessly in Adam’s memory to honor him, all those that serve our country and the children in our community,” explained Testerman. “I cannot thank them enough for the difference they make.”
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.