2010 Ben Kruse 18 FORE Life Charity Golf Event
We want to thank everyone who participated in our 10 Year Celebration! It was a perfect weekend and we feel our best event to date. For those of you who missed it, here is a recap of the weekend’s activities:
The Ben Kruse 18 Fore Life Charity Golf Event Banquet was kicked off with a beautiful Invocation by Vaughn Wright. The effort Vaughn and Nancy put into getting this prayer on video is a gift that will last forever.
Kristi Whitehead told of her battle with cancer. She showed everyone why she is a hero and an inspiration to everyone who knows her. Her attitude, her humor, her love of family and friends is clearly what drives her and we wish her continued happiness and health!
John Mabry ended his baseball career with 96 homeruns. He hit his 97th in Dexter on June 4th! His talk about his life, his career, his perspective, was inspiring, motivational, and uplifting. Having him join us throughout the weekend to take pictures, sign autographs, and share stories was priceless. We thank him for making the effort and taking time away from his wife and four kids to add to our event.
Kip Musgrave gave a wonderful Toast To Ben. Anyone who knows Kippy knows this was not easy for him for many reasons. Still, he did a great job and we all know Ben was fired up hearing his tribute.
Thanks to Gary Rhine and Jimmy Miles, our auction raised over $11,000.00 this year. When you add in the George Strait guitar that was raffled and given away to Shawn Wright Saturday night, we once again approached $20,000.00! Once again, we thank them for paying it ‘forward’.
Marcus Nordan won a gift basket donated by Preferred Hospice. Vivian Hatchell won the 2010 Yamaha Golf Cart and trailer.
Addie Kruse joined The BUZZ on stage and was just awesome! She was then joined by Madaline Parker and Andie Kruse for a song. The BUZZ had folks dancing into the night and the evening turned into a wonderful, fun party!
Saturday was a gorgeous day of golf. We thank over 340 golfers who fill our course and help raise money by participating each year. The tournament itself was our funnest and ran as smooth as any of the 10 we have put on. Thank you again and remember to sign up early next year!
Ben would have loved every minute of it. He would have been overwhelmed by Kristi. He would still be talking about John Mabry being so down to earth and nice. He would have hugged so many people and given so many high-fives. I know he is smiling as he sees all we are doing. Our TEAM is a wonderful bunch of folks and we thank you for being on it.
Don’t forget to be checking the website for the video produced by David Robinson and October Skies Production, as well as loads of pictures from the weekend of events which should be up soon.
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Until next time, thanks again for being a BIG reason why we have been able to give away $387,000.00 in love offerings since 2005….and in the process of sending out so many more, thanks to this year’s effort!