Winners of Hannah's Buddies Charity Classic.

The 8th Annual Hannah’s Buddies Charity Classic was another huge success on January 20. More than 230 golfers hit the Grand Cypress courses bright and early Saturday morning to the nicest weather in the event’s history. Scores were low and spirits were high.

The golf tournament was organized by Hannah's Buddies, the Tampa, Florida
chapter of Fight SMA.

This year's winning foursome was made up of David Veghte, Richard Veghte, John Veghte, and Larry Hill.

Hannah's Buddies Charity Classic Winners:
1st Place:
David Veghte, Richard Veghte, John Veghte, and Larry Hill

2nd Place:
Steve Pittman, Brian Sullivan, Will Salters, and Kirk Kees

3rd Place:
Trey Allen, Steve Lopez, Matt Strickland, and Ryan Strickland

After a day on the links, golfers and non-golfers alike headed to the
House of Blues for an auction and dinner. They were also treated to a concert hosted by John Bell, lead singer of the band Widespread Panic.

JB, is no stranger to SMA. His goddaughter, Hannah, has the disease, which has made Bell a vigorous supporter of Andrew's Buddies and its Florida sister chapter, Hannah's Buddies.

Also featured at the concert were Michael Nichol and Sam Holt, as well as
the bands Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit and Outformation.

"I'd like to thank everyone who helped make this event a great one," said Duncan Elliott, who started the Fight SMA chapter with his wife, Laurie, and daughter, Hannah.

All money raised at the event will go toward research for a treatment
or cure for SMA.

"This is a wonderful fundraiser that is made possible by a very dedicated chapter of our organization," said Fight SMA President Martha Slay. "We're extremely grateful to those who organized it, and everyone who participated."

Approximately seven million people carry the SMA gene, unknowingly.
About Fight SMA Headquartered in Richmond, VA, Fight SMA (also known as Andrew's Buddies) is an international nonprofit group dedicated to accelerating
research for a treatment or a cure for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a
neuromuscular disorder that kills more babies than any other genetic

For more information on spinal muscular atrophy and Fight SMA,
please visit

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