Dr. Tom Kim Charity Golf Tournament to honor humanitarian Bill Williams

Golfers and supporters of The Free Medical Clinic of America who participate in this year’s 8th Annual Dr. Tom Kim Charity Golf Tournament will have the opportunity to honor a TV news legend and outstanding East Tennessee humanitarian, former WBIR-TV Channel 10 news anchor Bill Williams.
The tournament is scheduled for Wednesday morning, Sept. 21, at the newly renovated Egwani Farms Golf Course in Rockford. Proceeds from the event will go to the Free Medical Clinic, which provides free treatment for uninsured working adults throughout Knox and neighboring counties.
This marks the first time since its 2009 inauguration that the tournament will honor an individual. Williams has been a great friend of the clinic since it became a full-time operation more than 10 years ago. He was among five individuals who met with Dr. Kim to convert the clinic to full time. Previously, Dr. Kim had treated poor, uninsured working patients after normal hours at his private oncology practice. Williams narrated a video promoting the clinic and has served on its Board of Directors every year of its operation.
Williams has supported numerous charities in Knoxville and East Tennessee, including Children’s Miracle Network, and initiated the “Monday’s Child” feature while news anchor at Channel 10, spotlighting boys and girls in need of adoptive parents.
In a series of videos in recent weeks, the station has shared with its viewers Williams’ ongoing battle with cancer. The features caught the attention of Dr. Kim, who wanted to pay tribute to his friend and longtime clinic supporter by honoring him at the golf tournament. Health permitting, Williams will attend the event and may accompany Dr. Kim as the tournament’s namesake plays one hole with each team.
Individuals, companies and organizations wishing to participate in or support the Dr. Kim tournament can do so by going to the clinic web site, www.freemedicalclinic.net, and click on the charity golf tournament link at the top or bottom of the home page. Those interested can sign up as a sponsor, register as a player or as a team, donate merchandise or gift cards to be presented as prizes to tournament winners, or submit cash donations.
Sponsorship levels include Eagle ($5,000), Birdie ($2,500), Par ($1,000), Media (no set dollar amount), contest ($500 per contest) and hole ($100 per hole). Eagle sponsors are entitled to two teams, while Birdie and Par sponsors get one team. Participation fees are $500 per team, or $125 per individual. Supporters and participants are asked to sign up and pay their fees by August 31. All teams and players who register and pay fees by September 19 will be accepted; however, late registrants may not receive a golf shirt.
Players will receive breakfast, lunch (provided by L.B. Steele Catering), beverages, snacks, a gift bag containing valuable merchandise, and a quality embroidered golf shirt. Prizes will go to the top three teams and to winners of up to six contests: putting, longest drive and closest to the pin at two or more Par 3s.
Rusty Wallace Kia is supplying the grand prize, a 2016 Kia Optima, which will go to the first player making a hole-in-one on the designated Par 3. Lesser prizes will go to the first player scoring an ace on any of the other Par 3s.
Other key sponsors to date include BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Pilot Flying J Corp., Home Federal Bank, BoydTech Design, Callaway Golf, Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR-TV, WRJZ Joy 620 Radio, and 106.7 The Light Radio.
For additional information, call tournament committee chairman Wade Saye at 865-777-1490 or clinic office manager Peggy Coley at 865-577-3733 or 865-579-1515.

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