Pinkerton’s legacy of giving benefits Salvation Army

By Maya Golden - bio | email

Former Smith County commissioner Don Pinkerton was a board member of the Salvation Srmy and valued the organization's community support.

Four years after his passing, Don's spirit of giving is alive through the golf tournament that benefits his favorite charity.

Don's grandson kicked off the fourth annual Don R. Pinkerton Memorial Charity Tournament Monday afternoon at Hollytree in Tyler.

The tournament continues to grow. About 170 golfers played with about 200 total volunteers, dedicated to keeping Don's spirit alive.

"He would really be amazed," Pat Pinkerton, Don's wife said. "He absolutely would and I know that the Salvation Army was so close to his heart. It was very special and I'm blessed that I'm now serving on the Salvation Army board. I'm learning why he has such a deep love for it. They are a wonderful organization."

"The money raised really will go right back into the programs and services of the Salvation Army today," Captain Zach Bell with the Salvation Army said. "Right now because of the current economic crisis, we're seeing more and more people come to the Salvation Army. We're seeing 100 more people a day come to us for food compared to this time last year. So the need is great, the need is high and money from this goes right back into the community to see that everyone's needs are taken care of."

In 2008, the tournament raised $36,000 for the Salvation Army. This year's goal was $40,000.