On Monday, August 28, 140 golfers took to the course at the Valparaiso Country Club to raise money for Opportunity Enterprises. Senator Ed Charbonneau lead the effort as a platinum sponsor and Christopher Runnion provided leadership to the volunteer Friends of OE Golf Outing Committee. There were a few sprinkles as the morning started and golfers gathered to register and network over doughnuts. Shortly after, the clouds parted and the sun shone on the 35 teams participating in and over 20 volunteers running the event.
Opportunity Enterprises CEO Ellen DeMartinis welcomed the golfers and sent them scrambling to their shotgun start all across the course. Throughout the day, golfers stopped to pose for photos and interact with Opportunity Enterprises’ Amazing Clients. As the day progressed, some found luck on the greens while others waited for the silent auction or 50/50 raffle to try their luck. At dinner, golfers, guests, and sponsors mingled while shopping the on-site Simply Amazing Market and perusing the Silent Auction possibilities.
“It is an honor to be able to serve the amazing clients of Opportunity Enterprises while getting some friends and colleagues together to play golf,” said Chris Runnion, chair of the Friends of OE golf outing planning team. “Over the ten years we’ve hosted this event, the sponsors, businesses, golfers, and friends have raised over $400,000 to help OE continue to provide for their clients.
The evening concluded with the awarding of prizes including 50/50 Raffle, Green Flag Sponsor Game, Hit the Green, and Skins.
The 10th Annual One Amazing Golf Outing was made possible by the generous support of Platinum Sponsor Senator Ed Charbonneau; Gold Sponsors Bolttech Mannings, Metro Recycling, and St. Mary Medical Center; Tee Box Sponsors Alliance Group Technologies, The Braggs Team – Merrill Lynch, CATSI, CDE Collision Center, Centier Bank, INARF, Methodist Hospital, Sarkisian, Sarkisian, and Associates, Shive Hattery, State Farm – Sam Allie Agency, Thorgren Tool & Molding Co. Inc, The Times, UFS Corporation, and Vidimos; Flag Sponsors Burke, Costanza, and Carberry, CATSI, Genetos, Lane, & Buitendorp LLP, Landmark Sign Group, Oak Partners, Verify LLC, and Wayne Enterprises; Bag Drop Sponsor 1st Source Bank; Registration Sponsor OE Board of Directors; and Beverage Sponsor The Ross Group.
The event raised $40,000 in support of the work of Opportunity Enterprises. In total over the ten years the event has been held, over $400,000 has been donated to further OE’s mission. To be added to the event notification for 2018, please contact Christopher Runnion at firstname.lastname@example.org.