The Ben Kruse 18 FORE Life
Charity Golf Event Weekend
June 5 – 6
Friday, June 5
Charity Golf Event Banquet
Featuring keynote speaker:
Chris Spielman – 2 Time All-American & 3 Time NFL All Pro
Doors Open: 4:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm
Saturday, June 6
4 Person Scramble
Hidden Trails CC, Dexter, MO
Tee Times: 7:00 am & 1:00 pm
About the Ben Kruse 18 FORE Life Charity Golf Event:
The Ben Kruse 18 FORE Life Charity Golf Event is our staple event and the reason this charity organization was founded. In the fall of 2000, four friends stood around a kitchen late one night-early one morning and discussed the thought of organizing a golf tournament. They acted on the idea and in 2001, the first 18 FORE Life golf tournament took place on June 23rd! The goal of the charity, at the time, was to raise money for The V-Foundation. The group of volunteers quickly stumbled onto the idea of sending love offerings to area families fighting cancer. The immediate response from letters and thank you cards was impactful and proved something special was possible.
In 2004, founder Ben Kruse was taken from us in a tragic accident. This young man’s spirit and soul inspired an entire community to rally together to not only raise money for a charity, but to also celebrate a life.
The golf weekend is a party full of hugs, handshakes, laughter, smiles and memories shared. Our tag line is Celebrate | Give | Remember and we are proud to say all of this is accomplished in a big way every first weekend in June as 500 banquet attendees and 386 golfers gather for a guaranteed great time.
10th Annual Ben Kruse Charity Crappie Tournament
The second biggest fundraising event that we host each year is The Ben Kruse Charity Crappie Tournament on Wappapello Lake. In our first year in 2011, we had over 40 boats of two-person teams participating and raised over $7,500.