Third Annual Brooklyn Project Foundation Golf, Baggo and Tennis Tournament | September 9-10, 2022
Several members of the Stuttgart community and residents from across the state gathered at the Stuttgart Country Club over the weekend for the Brooklyn Project Foundation’s Third Annual Golf, Baggo and Tennis Tournament. Susan Adamson-Ray, the organizer of the foundation, said the event raised more than $48,500 for childhood cancer research.
“We were completely blown away by this amount,” Adamson-Ray. “I already knew sponsors were up from last year, and we’ve added 16 more teams than we’ve ever had before. We’ve been blown away by the number of entries this year.
Ludwig Distributing team members Bailey Dickson, Gabriel Rogers and Steele Jessup won first place in the golf tournament. Defending champions Bubba Nutt and Kerri Sebree Nutt won the baggo tournament. Kerri has won the tournament twice and Bubba has won all three. Madeline Gill and Melinda Hopson won the women’s tennis tournament, and Madeline Gill and Bill Free won the mixed tennis tournament.
Will’s Cinnamon Shop in Hot Springs had fresh cinnamon rolls and cookies available at the event, there was a dunk tank, North Little Rock’s Timbo Promotions provided the music Saturday, and beer and liquor Water was provided by Ludwig Distributing for tournament participants.
“We have had no complaints this year. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. The weather was perfect except for a 30-minute delay on Saturday,” Adamson-Ray said. “I really want this event to grow over the next few years.”
The Brooklyn Project Foundation was established in memory of Adamson-Ray and Justin Ray’s daughter, Asher Brooklyn “The Bit” Ray. Asher battled Ewing’s sarcoma, the second most common bone cancer in children, for more than five years. A rainbow appeared during Saturday’s tennis tournament, reminding everyone of Asher’s legacy and the reason for the event.
“It was an incredible end to the weekend,” Adamson-Ray said. “Everyone who was seated started shouting and pointing at the same time. It was a very special moment of our weekend.
Asher was the first patient in the Little Rock Department of Advanced Therapies when it was established in 2016.
“What this program does is it provides clinical trials and research for children who have exhausted standard therapy. To prevent these children from going out of state to seek additional therapy, they can now stay in state at Arkansas Children’s Hospital,” Adamson-Ray said.
All tournament proceeds will go to the Brooklyn Project Foundation’s contributions to the Department of Advanced Therapies.