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SOS to Receive $100,000 from Michelin Charity Golf Tournament

Image Description: Three women stand with the Michelin tire mascot.
Adrienne Burris, Personnel Manager/Development Partner, Michelin; Kathryn Wilkerson, SOS Therapy and Program Coordinator; and Connie Cahoone, SOS Executive Director at the Michelin Charity Golf Tournament.

SOS will receive a donation of $100,000 from funds raised in a record-breaking year of the Michelin Charity Golf Tournament. Michelin North America, Inc. raised $1 million through its recent Charity Golf Tournament in Greenville, SC, with proceeds supporting 10 charities in communities where Michelin employees live and work.

Connie Cahoone, SOS Executive Director, and Kathryn Wilkerson, SOS Therapy and Program Coordinator, were on hand in Greenville, SC, during the tournament to share information about the services that SOS provides in the five counties it serves. According to Cahoone, “When I learned how much we would receive, I was just blown away. We had not expected such a large amount, and it is a huge blessing.” Cahoone is retiring from SOS in 2024, and stated that, “In a time when grants are being cut significantly, these funds from Michelin will be necessary to help SOS continue to serve our local community, and it is a huge relief to me to know this as I prepare for retirement.”

“We are thrilled to announce that thanks to the generosity and support of our employees, partners and suppliers, Michelin has raised $1 million for the first time through the Michelin Charity. Golf Tournament,” said Will Whitley, Director of State, Local Government Affairs & Community Relations at Michelin North America. “We are humbled by the engagement and enthusiasm of all those who enable us to give back to the communities where we live and work.”

The tournament has generated almost $9 million since its inception in 1989. This year’s tournament will award proceeds to 10 charitable organizations in Ft. Wayne, IN; Louisville, KY; Tuscaloosa, AL; and Upstate SC, in addition to SOS. The Emporia facilities were acquired by Michelin North America in 2018.

SOS provides services to those who have experienced sexual and domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, child abuse and neglect throughout Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Morris, and Osage counties.

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