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September 15--  The 22nd Annual Sweet Onion Classic wrapped up Friday at Hawks Point Golf Course in Vidalia. 

The annual event includes a charity auction and golf tournament and this year's proceeds are benefitting two worthy causes in Vidalia, according to Sweet Onion Classic board chairman Stewart Hamilton.

"This year we're giving $75,000 to the cancer center at Meadows Regional Medical Center and $10,000 to the Toombs County Boys and Girls Club.  We're fulfilling a three-year pledge of $250,000 the the cancer center.  We gave $75,000 last year to the cancer center and if we come up short this year, we'll make it up next year," he said.

Hamilton succeeded long-time board chairman Tom Findlay last year.

"There's a ton of work.  We've got some great board members and there's a whole lot more folks who just do a great job.  I'm just blessed to be a part of this great organization because we raise a lot of money that all goes back to the community," he noted.

Over the years, Hamilton says the Sweet Onion Classic has raised $1.3 million for community projects and is open to worthy projects in the future.

"We try to stick to brick and mortar projects.  If anyone is in need of anything, just contact me and we'll give them an application to fill out," he said.

This year's tournament winners won the scramble format with a team net score of 50.11, nearly 22 strokes under par.  They are Jim Smith, Jared Kirby, Patrick Ferreia and Tedd Comeford.