Bennie’s Shoes founder to be honored at Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Golf Classic

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JOHNS CREEK — The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation – Georgia Chapter is honoring Louie Shemaria for his years of service and leadership at the 30th Annual Golf Classic.

The event will be held Monday, May 16 at The Standard Club in Johns Creek and will include 18 holes of golf, a silent auction, a banquet, and opportunities to support the Foundation’s research and programs for people living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two inflammatory bowel diseases that are painful, debilitating digestive diseases affecting 3.1 million American adults and children, including an estimated 80,000 patients under the age of 18.


During the tournament, Shemaria will accept an award for his over two decades of volunteerism with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Shemaria is an Atlanta native with deep roots in the community. In addition to running Bennie’s Shoes with his family, serving locals and celebrities alike at its peak, he has dedicated 28 years to volunteering with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. From 1995 to 2017, he chaired the Crohn’s & Colitis Golf Classic. He also served over 15 years on the Board of Trustees, raising over $2,500,000 for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation through his efforts.

“Louie has been a fixture in the IBD community for so long and has dedicated so much of his life to helping others,” says Georgia Chapter Executive Director, Kim Brammer, “He is incredibly deserving of recognition, so we are excited to honor him on the 30th Anniversary of the golf tournament he led for so many years.”

Founded in 1967, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation has been a leader at the forefront of research in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and is committed to innovation and collaboration through uniting all patients, caregivers, providers, donors, and researchers to find cures for these diseases. The Georgia Chapter was established in 1987 by Louise and Leo Benatar, Betty and David Berkman, and Janet and Elvin Price.

For more information on how to be part of the tribute to Louie Shemaria or to get involved with the Golf Classic, please visit www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/GA or contact Emily Richter at (404) 982-0616 or erichter@crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

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