Get “Tee’d Off” and help end violence in the Cross Timbers area.

Organizers of the fourth annual Cross Timbers Family Services (CTFS) Golf Tournament are seeking teams and ask that golfers mark their calendars now to make plans to attend the event on Saturday, April 26.

This year’s tournament will once again be held at Harbor Lakes Golf Club in Granbury with a shotgun start set for 1 p.m.

Jodee Lucero, director of CTFS, said the tournament will follow a four-man scramble format. The cost to play is $90 per person or $360 per team, which includes green and cart fees, unlimited range balls, dinner and prizes. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four teams.

The purpose of the golf tournament is to help raise money to provide direct assistance to domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse survivors, said Lucero. “There are many ways that you can be involved in this tournament. Team positions are open as well as many sponsorship opportunities.”

CTFS is a non-profit crisis intervention agency that is dedicated to providing victims of crime with the much-needed services that encourage safety, independence, and self-esteem. In fiscal year 2007, CTFS provided services for approximately 400 individuals with 459 victimizations.

“Ultimately, our goal is for people to enjoy themselves at the golf tournament and also for participants to realize that they are investing in a survivor’s new beginning,” said Lucero. “The funds raised from the golf tournament and our other fund raisers goes directly to services for victims of crime. For example, we help provide transportation for child victims to Cook Children’s Medical Center. A lot of our grants do not allow for us to provide certain services.”

Lucero says a silent auction will also be held at the tournament with the winners’ names to be announced during a dinner after play concludes. “We’ll have door prizes and several contests including closest to the pin and longest drive. Everyone will go home with a prize after a fun day at the course.”

Teams are encouraged to register prior to the event, but Lucero said late registration will be held the day of the tournament. Last year 27 teams participated and hopes are for that number to increase in 2008.

Remember that since CTFS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations are eligible for federal deduction. Anyone with questions or needing a registration form can call the agency at (254) 965-5516 or e-mail