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Atlanta Falcons Punter Michael Koenen to Host Dream House Fundraiser

The Atlanta Falcons punter will host the 8th Annual Dream House Golf Classic, which begins on April 19.

Atlanta Falcons punter Michael Koenen will host the 8th Annual Dream House Golf Classic, according to the Snellville-based charity for children.

Koenen will also bring a few of his team mates, local NFL alumni and media personalities to the annual fundraiser for according to a press release from the nonprofit. The event starts April 19, at the Hamilton Mill Golf Club in Dacula, Ga.

“I can’t wait to see all of the faces out there playing golf and having a great time for medically fragile children who need their help,” Koenen said in the press statement.

Dream House, which has its headquarters based along Scenic Highway, also has a transitional care home located in Lilburn.

The nonprofit serves children and families, who are challenged by complicated medical circumstances. It has a 100 percent success rate of either reuniting children with their families, or placing these children -- thought to be unadoptable -- in other safe, inviting homes, according to , the founder and chief executive officer.

All of the proceeds from the golf classic will go to support efforts such as these at the Dream House.

“For the third year, I am hosting this golf tournament so that even more of these children can live at home instead of languishing in hospitals or adult nursing homes,” Koenen said. “Believe me, I did not know this was even an issue until the Atlanta Falcons introduced my wife and me to Dream House in 2009.”

Check-in begins at noon, with a shotgun start scheduled for 1 p.m. An awards banquet and live auction follow play. The field is limited to 144 golfers. Registration and sponsorships are open to the public, and will close April 12. Dream House also is accepting donations for the live auction and player prizes until April 14. 

“Planning events for Dream House and seeing people come together for such a good cause is very rewarding," said Lauri Wood, Dream House's events manager. "Every person attending our events helps to make a difference in the lives of the medically fragile children we serve."

For more details about the event, or how you can help, visit http://www.dreamhouseforkids.org or call 770-717-7410.

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