Archives : 2009 : October
A Great Day of Golf for Deschutes Children’s Foundation
by Bev Wagner
Monday, October 12th – got a phone call from Carin bright and early this morning: “Are we really still going to play golf today?!!?” I looked outside, checked my thermometer, got another cup of coffee. I have always had a ‘golf rule’. I don’t play if it is over 90 degrees or under 55. If I was ever going to break my rule it had better be for a good cause!
So I broke out my longjohns, earmuffs, t-neck, vest, wool socks, mittens and two jackets and headed to Bend Golf and Country Club. Today was the “Chip-In FORE Kids Golf Tournament. I wasn’t about to wimp out now. I knew that all the proceeds would go to the Deschutes Children’s Foundation programs to support non-profits in Central Oregon. This was indeed ‘a good cause’.
Ok ~ so it never got over about 44 degrees all day. But the sun did pop out which warmed us a bit since our team was dressed in black. Hey, it didn’t rain or snow and Thank You, Thank You for the hand-warmers! (One tough guy showed up dressed in SHORTS and I sold him one of my warmers behind his buddies’ backs).
I have supported the work of the Deschutes Children’s Foundation for several years now and have been amazed at the dedication of the staff and volunteers who always put on such wonderful events. They work hard to get the word out and this golf tournament was so much fun! It was well planned so that everyone could enjoy the day regardless of their golfing ability. We played a ‘scramble’ format complete with ‘mulligans’ , Hole-In-One Prize opportunities and exciting challenges..
These people did nothing but feed us all the way around the course! Amazing that even if we had a bad score on a hole, we had something yummy to look forward at the next. Great vendors supplied everything from hot & spicy pumpkin soup to cupcakes to BBQ’d pork. Everyone was having so much fun. We were getting a bit cold but heard a rumor that on our next hole Bendistillery was serving lemondrops! Hello – now we’re talking! Amazingly, we had 4 good drives on that hole. In fact, I thought I had long drive for women (until we realized that I was in the wrong fairway).
Everyone on our team got to make a contribution – good drive, great chip shot or a long putt. I think Jennifer forgot to use her ‘mulligan’ (not that that would have put us in contention ). The competition got fierce and close in the end and then three lucky guys won the raffle to compete for the million dollar hole-in-one. Exciting, but no winner this time. After a fun day on the course we came inside to catered hors d’oeuvres and Deschutes Brewery beers. And boy, were there lots of raffle prizes! I may have had a better chance to win if I had remembered to put my ticket stubs in the drawings!!
Great day for an even greater cause ~ Is it too early to secure my spot for next year I wonder?
What I’ll miss about Deschutes Children’s Foundation
by Jan Eggleston, outgoing Executive Director
Deschutes Children’s Foundation has been a huge part of my life for many years. Here are some of the things I will miss as I dodder off into retirement.
- The incredibly dedicated people, board and staff, who make the organization run.
- The staffs of our resident programs who are so good at helping children and families to be healthier and more productive.
- The amazing nonprofit sector that does so much for our community.
- Our donors, and philanthropists generally, who make all this work possible.
- Our vendors who often give in-kind contributions of goods or services that are equally valuable to cash, but perhaps not as visible.
- People who attend our events and make them worthwhile and fun.
- Program clients who are stressed out and searching for help.
- Building and remodeling buildings.
- Finding ways to fit as many compatible programs as possible into too-small facilities.
- Helping build partnerships among nonprofits and between the sector and businesses.
- Networking with others who care passionately about nonprofit work.
It has been my extreme pleasure to help facilitate the very important work of all our resident programs and other partners over these past 15 years. Please welcome Kim with open arms, and, everyone, keep up the GOOD WORK! —Jan
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