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Sir Willie's charity tour

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Sir William Innes visits The Children's Center Sir William Innes visits The Children's Center

At The Children's Center, he was the funny man in old clothes. At the Humane Society, he could have been the mailman.

But everywhere Sir William Innes went, he was, in the vernacular of the game he represents in the Lowcountry, the man.

The mascot of the RBC Heritage transformed from logo to real life all across Hilton Head Island Tuesday, visiting local non-profit organizations, spreading excitement about golf and building anticipation for the PGA Tour event that supports so many Island charities.

"The relationship we have with the heritage is very important,'' said Melissa Dalton, executive director of Memory Matters, one of the non-profits Willie visited. "We rely on their funding to help with scholarships and scholarships mean more people in our program, so the more people we can help the better.''

And Willie got a better look at the work the Heritage does during his annual charity tour.

He was also serenaded by Children's Center students who had made their own plaid jackets out of paper  and bested by some expert putters at Memory Matters, an organization dedicated to helping families face the challenges of Alzheimer's Disease.

"The gentlemen here have more time with the modern clubs and modern balls,'' said Willie. "I didn't mind being shown up.''

But by showing up the Heritage icon reminded everyone how close the 2013 tournament is and how important the event is to the life of the Island.

"Because of them,'' said Franny Gerthoffer, of the Humane Society of Hilton Head, "we're able to do a lot of wonderful things for animals in the Lowcountry.''

"We can't say thank you enough to the Heritage Classic Foundation and the whole golf tournament for all the help they give to the Children's Center,'' added Children's Center chair Andrea Siebold. "The children of Hilton Head and Bluffton depend so much on their support.''

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