When the NWA Championship takes center stage,the tournament will mean more than just excitement for golf enthusiasts. That's because area nonprofits like the Mercy Health Foundation will benefit. Clark Ellison, with Mercy Health Foundation NWA said, "It will help enhance patient care for mercy and the families that come and seek our care." The foundation helps our community through the funds they raise to provide better care at Mercy hospitals. Ellison explains, "Equipment, services that are needed. We also do education. " This year and because of the tournament, a $5,000 donation will be made to the Reach Out And Read Program. Pediatrician James Scherer said, "At every well-child visit from 6 months to 5 years of age, a child will get a book to promote literacy. They can change pages, chew on the corners, learn shapes." In just over a year, the program has already provided nearly 2,800 books to children in the area. In addition to helping them develop, organizers also say the program also encourages them to not be afraid to visit a doctor's office. Scherer said, "I think it makes the visit easier, they're less fearful and eager to learn." While the action may be on the course for the LPGA tournament, the impact stretches far beyond the fairways and in to our community. Ellison explains, "We have been very blessed to be recipients of their support."
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