ABILENE, Texas - The Noah Project scored a hole-in-one Friday during the organization's largest fundraiser of the year.
The organization provides services to Big Country victims of domestic violence free-of-charge.
The third annual golf tournament at the Diamondback Golf Club was slightly delayed Friday morning due to rain; however, Executive Director Leigh Ann Fry expects larger profits this year due to a first-time silent auction "pre-party" held Thursday night.
The golf course hosted dozens of golfers and sponsors to raise funds.
"I grew up in Coleman, Texas and came to be with some old friends and support a good cause," Bill Warren said.
"The Noah Project extends down to Coleman County and that's why we're here to support it," Philip Devanney said.
"This money go to the operations of the Noah Project," Fry said. "It goes to provide food, clothing, shelter, the lights, the air conditioning for the residents, to provide transportation, just any need that a person may have when they come to Noah project. It also goes to fund our primary prevention program because we believe that it's very important that we don't just react to violence, but we try to prevent it."
The project is a resource for both men and women who are victims of domestic abuse, which is not always physical and often begins with emotional control.
After Abilene police formed a special victims unit in the fall of 2012, more victims have begun seeking help from Noah Project staff.
"The police officers are informing the victims of our services so it's heartbreaking on one hand that that many people need help--but on the other hand--you're so grateful that more and more people are finding out that we're there," Fry said.
The project serves more than 800 unduplicated domestic abuse victims each year. Fry said that is only about one-third of the victims police see.
Approximately $60,000 was raised last year; however, Fry expects approximately $75,000 will be raised this year. For more information on the project's services, click here.
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