Let me start by saying…My husband loves playing GOLF!! However, golf is not a cheap game to play! Most of the courses, at least around us, are way out of our budget. But there are a few less expensive, smaller, older courses around…so in order to do what he loves..he swings his clubs at one of those courses, almost every Wednesday morning!
Because he loves golf in any form, and because JDRF and the research they fund is our best hope for our grandson’s cure, he and his golf buddy and fellow Silly Hat & Cap member have volunteered to work at the JDRF’s annual Golf Tournament for several years!
The JDRF Golf Tournament is always held at a beautiful county club, draws lots of players, includes incredible auction items, and brings in lots of money! They volunteer not only to help a great cause, but also because they love the ambiance of these courses and playing in the tournament is a little out of their price range!
Last year after JDRF’s tournament, “the boys” decided they would like to hold a less expensive tournament that they and their buddies could afford and also make a little money for JDRF!! So the planning began.t
It was going to be a “NO FRILLS” tournament. One that our friends and family could afford to participate in. Instead of a sit down meal, they chose a less expensive brown bag lunch! Instead of a beautiful country club, they made arrangements for the tournament to be held at their favorite municipal public golf course. They decided that calling it the
was quite fitting!
We also called on a few of our friends and were able to get a Flat Screen TV, Blue Ray DVD Player and other smaller items donated for a raffle!
The PP&J tournament was scheduled for October 26 and thanks to our incredibly amazing friends, even though my husband Bob, was unable to help (he had unplanned surgery to remove a brain tumor September 6) it came together beautifully.
The golf course gave us a good price and provided the sack lunches for a low cost as well. We ended up with 9 foursomes and ALL of the golfers bought tickets for the raffle in addition to paying their entry fee!
Friends and family came early the morning of the tournament and helped set up and check everyone in. One of our friends, who doesn’t golf, acted as Bob’s driver and drove him around the course so that even though he couldn’t swing his clubs (doctor’s orders), he could still feel a part of the event!
The tournament went off without a hitch! The weather was beautiful! Everyone had a great time and they all asked us to make sure we invite them to next year’s tournament!
And best of all, we made money while doing something we enjoyed and were able to give a nice check to JDRF, which made all the effort we put into the tournament totally worthwhile!