The drive leading up to the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park seemed formidable. Dark clouds and a muggy morning mist threatened to wreak havoc on the day.
Yet, just as we left our cars and climbed the country club steps, the sun came out. Indeed, it was going to be a beautiful day after all. What a sigh of relief for the Swing into Action for Families Golf Committee, considering the months of preparation it took to make everything come off without a hitch.
On that fun-filled day in mid-August, more than 80 participants played golf and participated in an evening raffle in order to raise funds to support Chicago’s most vulnerable families and communities for Ada S. McKinley. For the past nine decades, the agency has provided invaluable support to individuals and families impacted by poverty, disability, disenfranchisement and health problems.
|USI Midwest golf foursome|
Scott Welch, senior vice president at USI Midwest, and Arlene Burton-Fleming, account executive at Canon Business Solutions, served as chair and co-chair of this year’s event, while Chicago Bulls Ambassador Sidney Green served as honorary event chair.
An all-time favorite, the golf foursome allowed participants to mix and match. They could either team with colleagues or simply mix it up for an opportunity to network with other Chicago business professionals. Throughout the day, there were tons of games – such as Ada S. McKinley Fact Finds, Beat the Pro and Longest Drive – to keep our golfers thinking and on their feet. These games were sure to bring out the inner kid in anyone, but they were also huge reminders as to why they were there.
As the day came to a close, our raffle drawing was held and a large selection of amazing prizes was awarded. Gifts ranged from beauty and wellness, for the lucky woman/man in anybody’s life, to a complete sports package, for the ultimate sports lover.
|Members of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois golf foursome|
With the support of sponsors such as Wells Fargo – our title sponsor – and in-kind donors, we were able to raise more than
$50,000. Additional sponsors included USI Midwest, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Canon Business Solutions.
A relaxing day filled with golf, great food and friends, while raising money for a worthy cause, sure beats a day in the office.