FOUNDATION eventS

There are a variety of events designed to raise money for a particular project or fund. Some events are hosted by the Foundation such as the annual golf tournament and 5K, while others are hosted by outside groups who have chosen to support the Foundation. Below is a list of current events. If you or your organization would like to coordinate an event with the proceeds going to help others through the Foundation, please contact our development specialist at 931.381.1111, x1012.

Mule Kick 5K and 1-Mile Trot
The Foundation hosts this event in April in conjunction with Mule Day each year. More than 500 runners and walkers participate in the annual run with awards presented to top overall male and female finishers as well as two additional age ranges for those 40 and older and those 70 and older. Proceeds from the event help to fund special projects, such as the mobile medical unit that provides health services to at-risk and underserved populations. Details about the 2020 Mule Kick 5K & 1-Mile Trot will be shared as they are made available. To view race times and print certificates from the 2019 Mule Kick, visit MuleKick5K.org. Visit the event's Facebook page for the most current information about the race and to view photos.

Muletown Revue
In 2002, local physicians and musicians Steve Simmons, M.D., and Bob Thompson, M.D., launched Muletown Revue, an evening of music performed by talented musicians. Details about the 2019 Muletown Revue will be announced as they are made available.

Parker's Project
Parker’s Project benefits families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) by providing books that loved ones may read to their newborns to provide stimulation and to promote bonding. Columbia educators Sondra and Cord Martin launched Parker’s Project following the premature birth of their son Parker as a way to honor his caregivers and to provide support for other NICU families. A fundraiser is held annually to raise funds to buy books that are personally delivered to the NICU by Sondra, Cord and Parker. For more information about Parker's Project, click here. Details about the 2020 Parker's Project fundraiser will be announced as they are made available.

Shoot for a Cure
Since 2012, the Maury County Gun Club has offered recreational shooting enthusiasts a chance to put their skills to the test while supporting breast cancer patients throughout southern Middle Tennessee. Sponsored by the gun club at its property near the Duck River in northwestern Maury County, this annual event allows participants to choose trap or skeet in individual and team competitions. Proceeds from the event assist breast cancer patients by meeting their treatment-related needs, such as by providing wigs, camisoles and transportation expenses. Details about the 2020 Shoot for a Cure fundraiser will be announced as they are made available.

The Big Payback
The Big Payback is a community-wide 24-hour online giving challenge held each May and hosted by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Their goal is to inspire Middle Tennesseans to come together, to show their pride in the communities and to contribute to support the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations. During the 2019 Big Payback, the Foundation joined other nonprofit organizations in Columbia for a tailgate at Fireman’s Park, located next to Columbia Fire Station No. 1, to share how the Foundation makes a difference in the community.

Tony Starks Memorial Golf Tournament
This event is held annually in September and named in memory of Tony Starks, a former manager at Maury Regional Medical Center who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. The tournament is a four-player scramble with up to 64 teams, divided into morning and afternoon tee times. In 2017, this event raised more than $95,000 for programs that included a cardiac monitor in partnership with the Columbia Fire Department, a fitness program in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Maury County, expanded medication assistance programs and much more. The 2019 tournament marks this event's 20th anniversary and will be held September 19 at Graymere Country Club in Columbia. To learn more about our next tournament, click here.