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Golf for a good cause

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By Brian Garner

The weather was a little chilly and the occasional high winds made for some challenging golf shots, but that didn’t stop some 40 participants in the inaugural DSR Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament from playing a round and raising some money at the Chester County Club recently.

The fees for the tournament were used to help fund the scholarships awarded by the DSR Scholarship Foundation, which are given to students with an interest in a medical career in memory of Derresha Shar’Daye Rhinehart.

DSR Foundation spokesperson Wade Young said the founder of the scholarship, Georgia Young Moore, started the foundation in 2008 after her daughter Derresha passed away from leukemia in 2002.

Speaking of his cousin, Wade Young remembered, “Derresha loved the healthcare field and she loved taking care of people. It was always her dream to go become a caretaker or a nurse or doctor. When Georgia Young started the scholarship foundation, she wanted to give scholarships to students going into the healthcare field. To date, we’ve given over $30,000 to over 25 students from Chester, Great Falls, Lewisville and Andrew Jackson high schools,” Young said.

“This is our first golf tournament,” he said. The Foundation wanted to try something different as a fundraiser, said Georgia Moore.

She added most of the DSR Foundation’s fundraisers are church-centric, gospel programs, women’s conferences or little girls’ tea events, and “we wanted to just try and hit a different segment of the population,” she said. About 25 sponsors contributed to the tournament.

The team captained by local radio personality Earl Moore won first place in the tournament.

Georgia Moore said of her daughter who the scholarship is named for, “She was an honors student at Chester Park. She would travel with my mother, the late Maggie Young Brown, to Chester County Nursing Center weekly to visit the patients there. She would come home and say she wanted to be a doctor ‘to make the sick well.’

“After she passed away, my late husband and I thought we’d start the scholarship in memory of her,” she said.

“Another thing about my cousin Shar’Daye, she always helped take care of my grandmamma, she would make sure she had her medicine and helped her with checking her blood pressure,” Wade Young remembered.

“She would have made a great doctor,” Young and Moore said.

Now, the scholarship named after Derresha is giving other students the opportunity to become one.