Henderson headlines golf benefit

Cited as a role model for his community involvement and concern for young people, Packer fullback William Henderson will headline the Mary Lou Mahone 2004 Celebrity Golf Classic in Southeastern Wisconsin in September.<P>

The event benefits the Mary Lou Mahone Endowment Fund which provides college scholarships in honor of the late civil rights activist.

Henderson will bring four teammates, to be named later, to the Sept. 7 event at Bristol Oaks Country Club. The Packer fullback said he was drawn to the event by the values of its namesake. Mahone is a Kenosha, Wis. native and longtime advocate for civil rights, health care and other matters directly impacting minority youth, as well as all citizens.

"Family and education are both very important to me and have been at the foundation of any success that I have attained in life," Henderson said. "(Those) are values that Mary Lou Mahone dedicated her life to, and her legacy continues to aid area youth in their pursuit of educational opportunities.

"I was impressed to learn of her commitment to community and family, and I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to assist the Mary Lou Mahone Endowment Fund to help area youth flourish," Henderson said.

Mahone passed away in 1999. A new middle school in Kenosha was named for her shortly after her death.

Endowment fun chairman Tim Mahone said he specifically pursued Henderson because the veteran fullback's reputation is in line with the values and goals of the Mary Lou Mahone Endowment Fund.

"He is another in the line of quality, community-focused athletes who have lent their good name to our valuable cause of education our children and creating access to quality health care," Tim Mahone said.

"William's desire to bring four teammates to our event demonstrates his commitment to our success," Mahone said.

In conjunction with the golf event, Henderson and the participating Packers will be available at an autograph session the evening before at LeMay Buick Pontiac Cadillac in Kenosha. The autograph session, set for 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6, was organized by the golf event's organizer Keith LeMay.

"William is a class act, an eloquent speaker and a leader on and off the field," LeMay said. "He is very community minded, and we couldn't be happier to have him as our featured celebrity golfer."

The golf outing is open to the public. Cost is $150 per player, which includes golf, cart, lunch and dinner. Early bird registration deadline is Aug. 24. To register or for more information, contact Tim Mahone at (262) 694-3932 or Tom Carls at (262) 842-1073.

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