UTICA, N.Y. -- What started as just another Sunday evolved into the East Utica Classic Charity Golf Tournament. It's been going on since 2011 and helps local families in need.
This year proceeds will go to the Demokowitch family. They recently welcomed a baby boy who was born with Spina Bifida.
Ongoing medical expenses have put strain on the family, and organizers said they hope to raise $4,000 for them at the tournament.
And that benchmark is looking good. In 2013 around 80 people participated, but this year the number is up to 120 golfers.
People participating said although they golf regularly, this was the most important event of the year.
"You think of them the whole day. During dinner they talk about the family and explain
why they're donating to them. It's very nice," said Lindsay Jones, a golfer.
The golfers played 18-holes with a different charity sponsor at each stop.