2005 Pursell Cup Raises $75,000 for Juvenile Diabetes

The Sixth Pursell Cup Charity Golf Challenge was held May 10-11 at FarmLinks Golf Club in Sylacauga, Ala., and netted $75,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The event is held every two years and is sponsored by Pursell Technologies Inc.

The Pursell family has been a long-time supporter of the JDRF, a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is funding research to find a cure for juvenile (insulin dependent) diabetes. David Pursell, CEO of Pursell Technologies, has a personal interest in this cause because he and three of his six children have juvenile diabetes.

“We are honored to donate all proceeds from the Pursell Cup to JDRF,” Pursell said. “While wonderful strides in treatment of the disease have taken place, no overall cure has been found, but hopefully we’re beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

The Pursell family has held the Pursell Cup tournament since 1996 and has only skipped one due to the September 11 tragedy. The Pursell Cup was the first tournament ever played at FarmLinks at Pursell Farms, the company’s 18-hole research and education golf course, which opened June 4, 2003.

Special guest, Chuck “The Hit Man” Hiter, entertained guests by demonstrating his talents as a golf trick shot expert. Hiter holds the Guinness world record for distance and accuracy while hitting a golf ball out of mid air. “This was such a treat,” Pursell said. “It is unbelievable what he can do with a golf club and three golf balls in the air, sometimes all at the same time.”

At the evening dinner gathering, Pursell’s wife, Ellen, spoke about her experiences with raising a family that has four diabetics. Their 18-year-old daughter, Chrissy, also spoke about her personal experience with juvenile diabetes. She joined her sisters Peggy, Vaughan and Ramsey in the Pursell Girls’ vocal quartet to entertain dinner guests. Dr. Judy Thomas of the University of Alabama at Birmingham was on hand to receive the donation, which will be used to fund her research on immune tolerance.

David Pursell notes that over the last six events, more than $350,000 has been raised by the Pursell Cup Charity Golf Challenge and donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and other worthy causes.

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