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Golfers tee off to help children in the Tri-State

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The 33rd Annual St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation Heritage Open was held at the Evansville Country Club Monday morning.

About 200 players hit the green teeing off at 7 o'clock a.m.

All the money raised goes to support St. Mary's clinics and services that help uninsured and underinsured children in Evansville and the Tri-State.

That includes St. Mary's Pediatric Feeding Clinic, which is one of just three in the country.

As well as autism spectrum disorders services, mental health services and a Mobile Dental Clinic which Rick Peltier, with the St. Mary's Foundation says he's personally seen change lives.

"A fifth grade teacher sent us a letter that said there was a fifth grade girl in class who had terrible teeth. She didn't want to talk, didn't want to smile, grades suffered, friendships were suffering, kids made fun of her, very sad story. She gets treatment at our Mobile Dental Care. It was the first time, she'd ever seen a dentist. We gave her brand new teeth," says Peltier.

This year the event raised $180,000, that's $10,000 more than last year. In the last 33 years the event has been around, it has raised $3.6 million.

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