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Stars Use Greens to Raise Green

Posted May 30, 1998

— The competition was fierce in Durham today. Stars hit the golf greens to raise some green -- dollars, that is -- for Duke Children's Hospital.

Eighty celebrities, 1200 volunteers and hundreds of spectators. Add it all up and you get the Duke Children's Classic. Every year, the event raises money for Duke Childrens Hospital and every year, stars like Kim Zimmer keep coming back. The Guiding Light actress has been giving it her best shot for 11 years and believes in giving back to the community.

"It's just such an inspiration to see what goes on in the children's hospital," Zimmer said. "The dedication of the doctors and the nurses -- and what little we can do in any small way, which includes having fun, we're more than happy to come back for, as many years as I possibly can."

While the celebrities draw the crowds, they say it's the cause that has them hitting the links.

"I try to play in any event that helps children and this is one of the best," said

"I think any time you can help somebody and give back a little bit, it's a great feeling."

"In the last nine years, the Duke Children's Classic has raised more than $9 million, and all of that money goes straight back to the children."

"In the past, we had a focus area: pediatric AIDS or our neo-natal unit. This year, we're focusing overall on Duke Children's Hospital."

"It's a good cause. Children shouldn't have to be sick and not be able to be taken care of."

And that's what the Duke Children's Classic is all about... making sure they will be."

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