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Forney Classic will benefit band boosters

Shawn Hardy

The late Samuel B. Forney influenced scores of music students over the course of more than three decades and his influence will continue with a new fundraiser being organized in his name by the Greencastle-Antrim Band Boosters.

The first Forney Classic Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, April 13, at Greencastle Golf Club.

Forney passed away from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on Nov. 10, 2013, at the age of 58 and 10 percent of the funds raised at the tournament will be donated in his honor for local cancer research, said James Reaves, tournament chair.

"We're trying to show the kids how to give back to the community they are a part of and to honor Mr. Forney," Reaves said.

The remainder will be used by the band boosters to help with expenses not covered by the school district — everything from new instruments to guard flags — for grades five through 12.

Forney dedicated his life to his music programs and was Greencastle-Antrim High School band director for 32 years. He directed the field band, concert band, indoor guard and percussion and jazz ensembles.

"I can't imagine how many students and people he influenced over the years," Reaves said. "We want to raise as much as we can for music in the community."

The first Forney Golf Classic will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Both groups and individual players are welcome to sign up. The cost is $90 per player or $340 per foursome. In addition, the band boosters are looking for sponsors.

"I think it's a great way for people to come together and have fun for a good cause," said Reaves, who noted the band boosters are hoping the tournament will be an annual event.

For more information, call Reaves at 717-404-8045 or email:

gabbgolftourney@gomail.com