David Woodberry wants to ensure that every school-aged child has the ability to see.

As chairman of the Killeen Noon Lions Club golf tournament, Woodberry said his organization hosts the event every year to raise funds for eye exams and glasses for disadvantaged children and adults.

This year, he said, the club is having difficulty finding sponsors and participants for an April 25 tournament at Stonetree Golf Course in Killeen.

Woodberry said the services his club offers are valued by low-income and impaired Killeen residents.

“Our support has been so vital to the success of the young children in school. If one cannot see, how can they read or learn?” Woodberry said. “We pay for the children to go and get their eye exam from an optometrist and get their glasses made. We also (serve) adults that can’t see (so they can) go to work and get a job.”

Last year, 15 teams participated in the tournament, in addition to numerous sponsors who donated services, products and money.

The club raised about $14,000 last year and they’ve almost used all those funds on residents and students who were referred to them by their schools.

Woodberry said he hopes to raise $15,000 this year to give back to the community.

“We need about as many golfers as we can get out there and people who want to donate money,” he said. “What we’ve noticed is that the need has gotten a lot bigger than it has been in the past.”

Residents can register up until the day of the tournament; however, early registration is preferred. Cost is $75 per person or $500 per team.

If you go:

WHAT: Killeen Noon Lions Club fundraising golf tournament.

WHEN: Registration, warm-up and lunch from noon to 1 p.m. April 25 and shotgun start at 1 p.m. April 25.

WHERE: Stonetree Golf Course at 1600 Stonetree Drive in Killeen.

INFO: To register or become a sponsor, contact Tournament Chairman David Woodberry at 254-247-5723 or David.Woodberry@killeenisd.org.

Contact Sarah Rafique at srafique@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at SarahRafique.

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahRafique

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