On August 6, 2018 we held our first charity golf tournament Play FORE The Cure. It was a smashing success!
Play FORE The Cure was designed to provide the ultimate player experience, from tip to toe. It was held at the world-class Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, just outside of Washington D.C. in Gainesville, VA. Renown PGA Tour Professional and Maryland native Fred Funk joined the event, playing a hole with every foursome and conducted a short game clinic for the players. Callaway brought their latest clubs for the players to test on the range, and take home a custom-fit Callaway wedge as one of their gifts. Fantastic contests with prizes including 5-day cruises, $10,000 cash, $50,000 cash, $100,000 cash and a 2018 Audi Q5 gave the players plenty of motivation. We invite you to view hundreds of great photos on our photo sharing site. A silent auction, thoughtfully curated with items including a beautiful handmade mahogany Gentlemen’s jewelry box, special six-bottle vertical cabernet sauvignon from Euclid Wines, 7-day Italian culinary experience for ten at a Tuscan villa, fine jewelry, memorabilia from the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals, and a night in the Presidential suite at Ritz-Carlton added to the success. The evening program, emceed by my father Mark, included my keynote speech (see below), where I shared the background behind Play FORE The Cure and why it’s so important.
The objective of the fundraiser was two-fold:
- Raise Money
- Raise Awareness
Raising money is central to every fundraiser. We maximized the monies raised through player registrations, sponsorships, donations, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and mulligans. We amplified the net proceeds through the judicious management of expenses and generous donations of items and services.
In the end, we raised over $135,000 for Mackenzie’s Mission!!!!
Net proceeds will be donated to the Amyloidosis Research Fund at the Mayo Clinic, one of the Centers of Excellence for this disease.
In addition, our efforts to raise awareness about amyloidosis took shape through easy-to-read pamphlets in player and volunteer gift bags, our FACES of Amyloidosis video, and sharing the story of my journey and the disease. Over 80 people have now been introduced to amyloidosis, a rare and incurable disease.
We are grateful for the contributions of our supporters, which include sponsors, auction donors, cash donors, and wonderful volunteers. Our Thank You Supporters! video highlights the names and logos of these individuals and organizations, and we invite you to take a few minutes to view the extensive list. And of course, a big thank you to our players who enjoyed the full day of activities!
We look forward to seeing you next year.
With my warmest regards,