Annual golf tournament is June 18

The 10th Annual Harold Lester Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Friday, June 18, at Lonesome Pine Country Club, Big Stone Gap. Proceeds will support the Harold Lester Memorial Fund of the Mountain Laurel Cancer Support and Resource Center of Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc.

The Harold Lester Memorial Fund provides direct help to cancer patients throughout the local community who are experiencing unexpected needs due to a cancer diagnosis. The fund was established a decade ago by Harold Lester’s family in his memory after he lost his battle with cancer.

Mr. Lester was devoted to caring for and assisting thousands of people during his lifetime. He spent much of his life working with children and their families through his career in the Wise County School System, where he was a teacher, coach and administrator for more than three decades. He was director of secondary education at the time of his retirement.

Those who knew Mr. Lester remember a man with a strong Christian faith and a belief that one needs to take care of family, neighbors, friends and those in need. “He was one of the most generous people I have ever known,” said James “Poss” Bolling, a longtime friend and colleague of Mr. Lester’s. “He expected the best from his teachers, students and coaches, but always supported them. We loved and respected him, and he’s sorely missed,” added Bolling.

The June 18 golf tournament will help continue Mr. Lester’s legacy of giving. Every cent raised by the event will directly assist a cancer patient in Lee, Scott or Wise counties or the City of Norton. The Harold Lester Fund has assisted with purchase of medications and materials for ramps to make homes accessible for cancer patients. The fund also pays rent, water bills and electric bills because people undergoing cancer treatment often cannot continue to work.

You can support the golf tournament as a player, company sponsor or individual sponsor. All donations are tax deductible.


 Level 1 – $475

  • Four-person team
  • Hole sponsor
  • Company name on tournament board

Level 2 – $400

  • Four-person team
  • Company name on tournament board

Level 3 – $100

  • Hole sponsor
  • Company or individual name on tee box

Level 4 – $100

  • Individual participation in tournament (Tournament committee will place you on a team)

Level 5 – Donation of any amount

  • Business/individual sponsor

The event will also feature a hole-in-one contest.

For more information or to receive an entry form, please contact MLCC Coordinator Dianne Morris at (276) 523-4202 or You may also donate to the center any time or schedule monthly contributions here.