LONDON – Golfers from across the region are encouraged to play a round on Monday, June 13, to benefit two summer camp programs for youth.

The first Charlie Cornett Memorial Golf Scramble will be held at the Crooked Creek Golf Course in London with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

All proceeds from the event will go to the UNITE Foundation and be distributed between Camp UNITE and Camp Promise.

Camp UNITE, now in its fifth summer, is a free five-day, four-night leadership/adventure program for youth across 29 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky who will be entering grades 7-9. This year’s camp will be held July 25-29 on the University of the Cumberlands campus in Williamsburg.

The third annual Camp Promise is a free four-day, three-night program for children from Perry, Knott and Breathitt counties identified through the judicial and school systems. Directors continue to mentor participants in the months following camp. This year’s camp will be held June 20-23 at the Twin Rocks Bible Camp in Perry County.

Both camps seek to help youth develop leadership skills, build confidence and trust, and interact with positive role models.

The cost to enter the scramble is $60 per individual or $240 per team. Unlimited Mulligans, throws and skirts are available at 5 for $20. Hole sponsorships are available at $100.

Prizes will be given for the longest drive, longest putt, closest to the pin and straightest drive.

The scramble is named in honor of Charles L. Cornett, a former Kentucky State Police deputy commissioner, who passed away last November at age 65.

“He truly had a passion for the youth of this region,” said Karen Kelly, UNITE director. “Charlie’s long-term service with the Kentucky State Police and life-long love for this portion of the commonwealth certainly made him a valuable asset. He was among the first to realize that any long-term success against substance abuse would require a synergy of education, treatment and law enforcement initiatives.”

Cornett, of Hindman, served more than 38 years with the KSP, retiring as a sergeant in 2000. He rejoined the KSP as assistant to the commissioner in 2002, retiring from that role 18 months later. In addition, Cornett was a consultant for the LKLP Community Action Council and was a founding member of Operation UNITE.

“Countless men and women from Eastern Kentucky have pursued a law enforcement career due to the mentorship of Charlie Cornett,” noted Dan Smoot, law enforcement director for UNITE. “Whether it was coaching basketball or serving as Sunday School director, Charlie Cornett served as a beacon for youth.”

For more information or to register for the scramble contact Connie or Missy at Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard at 606-435-6069.