Every two years, a special event in support of BGCA takes place. Called the Celebration Golf Tournament, it’s held at the host course of golf’s U.S. Open, about a month before the championship. The 2012 Celebration Tournament was last week at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. There were many highlights, but a couple really stood out.
Our 2011-12 National Youth of the Year Nick Foley spoke at the tournament dinner. He told us how Pittsburgh’s Sarah Heinz Club helped him to overcome a very difficult childhood. The audience was clearly moved by Nick’s story. This special young man will graduate from high school in June and enter Penn State University in the fall.
Nick Foley, BGCA's National Youth of the Year, spoke to supporters about the importance of the Sarah Heinz House Boys & Girls Club and how it made him feel "brand new."
After Nick’s comments, those in attendance couldn't stop talking about how important Clubs are to kids who need us most. This important audience learned about our primary outcome areas of academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. They came to realize the transformational power and meaningful impact that local Clubs have on kids’ lives.
We also paid tribute to BGCA National Trustee Paul Spengler, Executive Vice President of the Pebble Beach Co. and tournament Chair. Paul is a guy who makes things happen. In fact, he helped found the tournament in 2000.
The support the tournament has generated for BGCA over the past dozen years has helped us carry out our mission to enable all kids to fulfill their potential. To recognize Paul’s outstanding commitment to youth, we presented him with BGCA’s foremost volunteer honor: the Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Award.
My heartfelt thanks go out to Paul and the entire tournament committee. As a result of their dedication, hard work and undying support of young people, more than $1.3 million was raised last week to sustain our ongoing services to local Clubs and the kids and teens they serve.