The Second Annual Howard L. House Memorial Golf Tournament has been scheduled for August 4 and 5 in Batesville, Arkansas, at the Course at Eagle Mountain. According to a press release from First Community Bank, the presenting sponsor, the inaugural tournament generated seed money for a local chapter of the Children’s Advocacy Center.
“This tournament is actually two-fold,” said Dale Cole, chairman and CEO of First
Community Bank. “Firstly, it is designed to honor Howard L. House, a community icon, who helped shape our community. Howard had the ability to see potential in so many development projects and people. One of Howard’s passions was the Course at Eagle Mountain, an 18-hole golf course in Batesville, Arkansas. Red Bell, another local businessman, was Mr. House’s partner in the initial development venture.”
“Secondly, Howard’s daughter, Dianne Lamberth, established a foundation that is working hand-in-hand with the Children’s Advocacy Center to establish a local chapter in Independence County. The Howard House tournament is a major funding source for this endeavor.”
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Independence County is a nonprofit agency that will be available to serve all child abuse victims under the age of 18 in Independence County. By using a coordinated team approach, the center will provide advocacy services, recorded forensic interviews by specially trained child forensic interviewers, sexual assault exams by specially trained nurses, and a mental health referral program, all in a child friendly environment. Through these services, children will be provided a safe place to share their story and begin to heal. The CAC of Independence County will assist law enforcement in investigations, provide no cost services to families, provide child abuse awareness, prevention, and education to the community, and empower children to find their voices.
The board of directors for the Independence County chapter of the Children’s Advocacy Center has been established. The board, comprised of a team of business leaders, includes Dianne Lamberth, board president; Janis Walmsley, board treasurer; Beatrice Moore, board secretary; Arlene Martin, director; Chris Steel, MD, director and Jason Taylor, director. Lindsey Carter, MS, will serve as the executive director and forensic interviewer for the organization.
“Last year’s outpouring of generosity for the tournament was incredible,” said Lamberth. “So many associates, businesses, friends and family came together to honor Dad and support our cause. Words cannot describe how humbled our family is by this response.”
The two-day golf tournament will begin at 10:00 a.m. each day. If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities or entering a team into the tournament, call First Community Bank’s marketing department at 870-612-3400.