HURRICANE – Tonaquint Data Center raised $7,500 for the family of 16-year-old Britton Shipp at its Annual “Golf Classic” April 3 at the Sand Hollow Championship Golf Course in Hurricane.
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This was the fourth year Tonaquint Data Center held its Golf Classic, an annual event the center puts on both for the enjoyment of its clients and vendors, and to raise funds for a selected humanitarian cause. This year the Shipp family was its chosen beneficiary, a Santa Clara family that has captured the hearts of Southern Utahns as their son, Britton Shipp, continues a long process of recovery from a November 2014 all-terrain vehicle accident.
On Nov. 1, 2014, Britton Shipp and his date for a Sadie Hawkins Dance at Snow Canyon High School were ejected from the side-by-side ATV they were riding when it flipped. Britton Shipp’s date received minor injuries but Britton Shipp suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Britton Shipp spent 160 days combined at Dixie Regional Medical Center and its Acute Rehabilitation Unit in St. George, during which he endured a coma, surgeries and physical rehabilitation. He returned home Friday but his recovery continues.
“You don’t quit fighting, and he fights and he works hard everyday and he makes strides in therapy,” Britton’s father, Jesse Shipp, said at a homecoming celebration in Canyon View Park, Santa Clara, Saturday.
Vice President of Network Sales Matt Heaton said Tonaquint Data Center matched funds raised through the sale of raffle tickets and string – to give some people some mulligans. In total, the Golf Classic raised $7,500 for the Britton Shipp Foundation, he said.
Britton Shipp’s sister, Autumn Shipp, spoke to those attending Tonaquint Data’s classic. “We’re so so grateful,” she said.
Tonaquint Data Center’s Golf Classic is one of the largest golf tournaments in Utah. This year’s classic used all of Sand Hollow’s 27 holes, hosting 200 golfers, Heaton said.
Tonaquint Data Center offers a Tier III data center environment located in the Tonaquint Business Park in St. George – a U.S. disaster safe zone. It is specifically designed for colocation and disaster recovery solutions; provides full-time IT personnel assistance; managed services, hosting and backup; and services clients in 12 countries.
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