On Saturday, June 1, Dimmitt Automotive Group was a proud sponsor of the Eighth Annual Abe Brown Legacy Golf Tournament. All proceeds of this tournament benefitted those who served through the programs of the Abe Brown Ministries.
This annual tournament was hosted by Anthony “Booger” McFarlamd, two-time Super Bowl champion and Monday Night Football ESPN analyst. The tournament included breakfast, lunch, premium golf gifts, and an awards ceremony. There were Cadillacs brought to the tournament for the enjoyment of the attendees. The tournament returned to Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course again this year. Dimmitt Automotive Group is proud to sponsor an event hosted by an organization that does so much for the community.
“The goal of Abe Brown Ministries is to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by helping offenders, ex-offenders, and their families achieve productive and fulfilling lives” as stated on their website. Founded in 1976, the organization works hard to achieve their goals and has a strong standing in the community. The Abe Brown Ministries is an important organization because Hillsborough County was ranked the second highest in the state for inmates admitted to prison in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
Often times, these ex-offenders return to the community they lived in prior to their conviction. Aware of these statistics, Abe Brown Ministries works to find agencies, churches, and organizations in the community that can provide ex-offenders with housing, basic needs, healthcare, employment, legal assistance, education, and discipleship. Abe Brown Ministries works to improve these ex-offenders and their families’ transition back into the community.
One of the specific services provided by Abe Brown Ministries includes crusades, which consists of traveling to prisons in the Hillsborough area to share the Word of God. Abe Brown Ministries understands the struggles these inmates have faced, and believe by helping to establish or reestablish their relationship with Christ, they play a vital role in the inmates’ lives. This role authenticates the relationship with the inmates, thus creating the desire for a strong and authentic transition back into the community.
Some other services include emergency food assistance, family reunification (which consists of providing children the opportunity to participate in video visitation with their parents), a food pantry staffed by volunteers, and transitional living which inspires and motivates ex-offenders to commit to changing their life. The core of Abe Brown Ministries vision is Discipleship. The organization believes this is a critical component in continuing service to others, accountability, and spiritual growth.
Abe Brown Ministries makes a difference in our community and the lives of our neighbors. This is only possible because of the selfless help of others.