Hometown Hero--Gayle Wingo

Gayle Wingo
Gayle Wingo

The Labor Day Weekend Celebrity Golf Tournament has raised more than $2 million over the past 24 years. And one of the reasons the tournament has been so successful is because of the person in charge, Gayle Wingo. She started as a volunteer for this event in 1981. A few years later she became tournament director.

Because of her organizational skills and love for children, this tournament has become one of the most successful of its kind.

"The sole purpose of this event is to raise funds for children's charities in our area," she said. "That is why we do it. That's the only reason we have this tournament."

Although this year's tournament is over, Gayle is already working on next year's event.

"Gayle is our leader," said assistant director Carol Kavanaugh. "She has a heart as big as the whole world and she spends every minute of every day all year round thinking and working and trying to make everything, a better tournament and a better event for everybody involved."

Although it takes lots of sponsors and volunteers to make an event like this possible, it's Wingo's passion for children that makes it work.

"When you see children who yesterday didn't have a place to sleep and tonight they will have a bed in a safe environment, when children who are hungry, they know that tonight that they are going to have a good meal because of the efforts of so many," she said.

For her dedication to children's charities of Beaufort County, Gayle Wingo is this week's Hometown Hero.

If you'd like to nominate a Hometown Hero, you can drop us a line at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or email  rwallace@wtoc.com.

Reported by: Ron Wallace, rwallace@wtoc.com