The 15th Annual Jim “Mudcat” Grant All-Star Golf Tournament kicked Thursday morning at Links at Hiawatha Landing in Apalachin.

Grant is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and current member of the Black Aces, a group of 15 black pitchers who won at least 20 games in a single season. Dozens of other All-Stars, including former MLB Player Al Downing are taking part in the tournament.

This year, the tournament raises money for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, the Broome County Urban League, the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton, and Catholic Charities of Broome County.

“The charities are very appreciative for this event,” said CHOW Director, Michael Leahey. “Last year, all of the charities received $10,000 and they all went for local causes that helped our local community. For CHOW specifically, it provided about 40,000 meals for our community.”

Additional funds from this year’s event will also be used to aid homeless veterans in Broome County.

“In this country, we all want to give back,” Security Mutual CEO Bruce Boyea said on Wednesday. “We all want to help people and this is the greatest country in the world.”

The Maine-Endwell Little League Team was honored at the start of Thursday’s tournament. WBNG Sports Director Larry Burneal and Sports Reporter Tyler Feldman also took part in the opening ceremony.

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