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Joe Helleny of Herrin tees-off Wednesday for the 12th year of the Garnati Golf Day for Kids at Pine Lakes Gold Course in Energy. The event has raised about $330,000 for the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center and the county's Court Appointed Special Advocates program. More than 100 golfers participated.

HERRIN -- More than a 100 golfers took to the greens Wednesday for the sake of children.

"Because Chuck and Brandon are very good friends of mine, and I enjoy supporting CASA," said Joe Helleny of Herrin immediately after a tee-shot.

Held annually for 12 years, the Charles Garnati Golf Day for Kids has generated about $330,000 for two child advocacy programs in Williamson County.

The two groups, the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center in Herrin and the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, will share the proceeds as they always have.

The outing was held at the Pine Lakes Golf Course in Herrin.

"If either of those organizations closed doors it would put a cramp in the state's attorney's ability to prosecute physical and sexual abuse," Garnati said.

Garnati stepped down as the Williamson County State's Attorney in September after about 30 years in office. He started the gold outing initially as a campaign fundraiser but later converted its attention to the children's groups.

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The outing continues to be hosted by the state's attorney's office, Garnati's successor, Brandon Zanotti said.

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Zanotti agreed with Garnati, stressing the need for donations to maintain donations for the programs under difficult economic times.

It's more important than ever especially with all the budget cuts," Zanotti said. "These are two groups we couldn't do our jobs as prosecutors without the good work (the groups) do."

Nannette Patrick, CASA's executive director, said the majority of money will be used to train more volunteer court advocates for children. The group now has about 80 volunteers who act as a voice for children, many in cases of neglect or abuse, in the legal system.

More volunteers are always needed, she said, using the outing to meet potentially new advocates.

"I'm just trying to get the word out about what CASA is and does for the community," she said.

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