September 2012 Update
Hello everyone! It sure has been awhile and we apologize for not keeping you up to date with all that is going on. Needless to say, things are busy….in a great way!
First of all, lets take a look back at our June event. Our volunteers worked tirelessly teaming to prepare starting Wednesday stuffing a goody bag that had to be one of our best ever! The Elk’s Lodge was decorated on Thursday and the golf course was setup on Friday as banquet time quickly approached.
Once again, the atmosphere in the banquet facility was electric. It is a cross between a class reunion and wedding reception in my eyes and the hugs, handshakes, and laughs were far too many to count.
David Robinson put together an amazing video as always, capturing the multiple events and the busy year this charity always enjoys. If you haven’t seen it or didn’t get to, please go to18forelife.com and check it out-send family and friends as well!
Bill Pippins Jr. captivated the audience with his testimony of love, courage, and care. His emotion from the perspective of a caregiver was felt throughout the audience. This was followed by Dave Draveky’s story. Dave’s powerful words kept everyone on the edge of their seat as he motivated and inspired us all. He epitomized just what our charity is all about. If you would like to learn more about him, go to endurance.org and also check out his many books available at amazon.com!
The annual auction was a hit once again, raising money and allowing the crowd to get their hands on some cool memorabilia. The BUZZ closed out the night with some good ole Rock n Roll with the help of Addie Kruse, who sang Drops of Jupiter.
The golf event filled Hidden Trails Country Club as all 386 golfers seemed to enjoy un unusually cool June day. With the help of Birdies for Breast Cancer, the gals from Beta Sigma, Montgomery Bank’s 17th Hole, and our volunteers on #14-the atmosphere was just terrific. Kyle Christian, Matt Christian, Ryan Jacques, and Jake Barge won this year’s event and the Not So Famous Tan Jackets! Can’t wait to see what they have embroidered on these for next year.
At this time, we have given away $138,000.00 in love offerings during 2012, by far our biggest year ever and a wonderful sign that this charity is ONLY growing. We can even do more and we will thanks to your support, the support from a giving community, and with the help of a huge team of volunteers.
What do we have going on????? PLENTY!
The Ben Kruse Crappie Tournament
The 2nd annual Ben Kruse Crappie Tournament was another huge success. $8,500 raised by pulling off the largest fishing tournament in Lake Wappapello’s history. Bruce and Amy Christian, Dane Bess, and a crew of helpers have already made this one of the most well organized fishing events in the Midwest. Be on the lookout for bigger and better things from them as they grow this with national sponsorships coming on board. Also look for a new fishing tournament tab on the website to keep up with this event.
This Run’s For Vaughn
This Run’s For Vaughn was another big success. We remembered a great man, Vaughn Wright, and celebrated a wonderful morning together, running/walking the streets of Dexter while raising money for families in the area fighting ALS. This fall event is a great time for all involved.
Hits For Hope
Dexter vs. Puxico on October 1st will be this year’s Hits For Hope game at DHS. Look for Bloomfield, Bernie and Richland to also host these events. The home team will wear specially made PINK uniforms, a PINK ball will be used, PINK whistles used, the gyms will be PINKED OUT and money will be raised for 18 FORE Life. What an honor it is to be the focus of these events and what a great thing it is to see so many young people find out just how good it feels to do something good.
Thanks for taking the time to read this announcement! We promise to be better at keeping you up to speed. Your support of this charity is appreciated more than you know.