When George Gromacki and Darrel Riley came up with the idea for a golf tournament to benefit the Metroplex Health System Foundation, they raised about $7,000.

“Back then there were very few golf tournaments so we were really successful,” said Gromacki, who is a member of the hospital’s foundation board and co-chairman of the event.

This year, during the foundation’s 25th annual Spring Golf Classic, the foundation raised about $23,000 to donate to the Metroplex Behavioral Health Center.

About 100 golfers gathered at the greens of Stonetree Golf Club in Killeen on Sunday to support the foundation’s cause.

Daphne Meade, foundation manager, said all of the proceeds will benefit the Metroplex Behavioral Health Center, a 60-bed facility that provides mental and behavioral health services for children and adults.

“(It’s) going to benefit youth, adolescent and adult for behavioral health,” she said. “There’s a tremendous amount of programs and services that will benefit from this tournament.”

Through support from donors and sponsors, Meade said the foundation raised about $23,000 during the golf classic.

“The community has given a tremendous response to make this a successful tournament again, so I’m thankful for them,” she said. “We’re so grateful for their generosity and support.”

Emma Thomas, an employee at All American Chevrolet of Killeen, said her company was a sponsor of the event.

“We’re a big part of the community,” Thomas said. “There’s always Fort Hood, but everything outside of Fort Hood as well so we just like to make sure that we’re a part of everything. Metroplex is huge and they have a great name and a great following.”

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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