Butch and Tammy Davis event to benefit SECU Family House

The third annual Butch and Tammy Davis Tailgate Golf Tournament and BBQ to benefit SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals will take place April 28-29, 2011.

All proceeds from the tournament and auction benefit SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals, a hospitality house providing comfortable, convenient and affordable housing and support services for patients undergoing treatment for critical illness or trauma. Over the last two years, the event has raised more than $250,000.

“Tammy and I are pleased to be a part of an event that has such a tremendous impact in the Chapel Hill community and the state of North Carolina,” said Davis, who is entering his fifth season as UNC’s head coach. “We have formed a great relationship with the SECU Family House since arriving in Chapel Hill.”

The tailgate barbeque will take place on the grounds of the SECU Family House (123 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC) on Thursday, April 28. Registration fee is $50 per person. The event includes a short program, live music, and a silent and live auction of donated gifts, including sports memorabilia and other prizes. UNC radio play-by-play man Woody Durham will serve as the emcee of the event and auctioneer Dan Basnight will conduct the live auction.

The Friday golf tournament is already sold out, but this year, the SECU Family House will auction off an additional golf opportunity with Coach Davis and Woody Durham (9 holes each) on Thursday at Old Chatham Golf Course at 10 a.m. This special golf event is limited to six slots and bids starting at $1,000. Bidding will close March 31st and winners will be notified on April 1st. The top six bidders will be offered a complimentary spot at Thursday evening’s BBQ and Auction. Go to secufamilyhouse.org to place your bid.

In Davis’ first year at UNC in 2007, he was diagnosed and treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. That same year, two of Tammy’s immediate family members were diagnosed with cancer and have since passed away. The Davises are mindful of need for lodging and long-term nurture and support of both critical care patients and their caregivers.

“Like many people, we have been touched by a critical medical issue or illness and we realize the importance of having available housing and support for family members,” said Davis. “This is one small way we could give back to the community and we encourage everyone to become involved.”

The Davises are the biggest financial sponsors of the tournament, and, in 2008, made a significant contribution to the SECU building campaign to underwrite one of the Family House bedrooms. Tammy regularly delivers in-kind gifts of kitchen supplies, children’s games, TVs, and more to the facility, and their son, Drew, has done some volunteer work for the Family House.

For more information on the Tailgate Golf Tournament and BBQ, or to bid on Thursday’s golf opportunity, go to secufamilyhouse.org or contact Yvonne Knutson at 919-932-8001.