A little rain didn’t stop a lot of Northwest Indiana people and companies from having a great time at the Annual Hoosier Burn Camp Golf Outing at Lakes of the Four Seasons in Winfield; an event ran by Tudor Services’ James Tudor to help send burn victims to camp.
The event featured a best-ball format competition, a hole-in-one competition, a side skins game, in addition to a multitude of raffles and lunches catered by Firehouse Subs.
And even the Porter County Fair Queen, Natalie Girman, showed up to lend her support of the camp and the outing.
“I am a family friend with James and I am also big into volunteering,” Girman said about the day. “When James asked I definitely wanted to help. The day after the pageant, though, I heard about a kid from Lowell who was a kid at the camp and then became a counselor, and I just thought it was really cool that I was going to be a part of that.”
The event featured mainly local sponsors for each hole, but there was a special surprise on one particular hole: a sponsorship from the New York Fire Department.
“Isn’t that awesome?” Mary Tudor, of Tudor Floors Carpet One, added. “That came from when the Stephen Siller Foundation came out to give Carpet One a shadowbox for their donations to the foundation.”
And there’s a connection to the importance of the outing and the Stephen Siller Foundation as well; one rooted in the theme of today’s event: golf.
“Siller was actually headed out to play golf on 9/11,” Tudor added. “But when he heard the news he turned around, put on his gear, and went out to help in the tunnels of the towers.”
For the attendees of the event, today was all about being a part of an outing that was doing so much to help our kids in the community.
Kevin Kosek, Vice President of Marketing for REGIONAL Federal Credit Union, who was participating in the event today was glad that REGIONAL could continue its commitment to helping the community.
“Our members expect us to be out there helping the community,” said Kosek. “That’s what we are doing today, giving back to the community and helping children at the same time. And it feels good to be a part of a company, like REGIONAL, that wants to get out there and do so much for Northwest Indiana.”
"Plus," added Kosek with a smile, "what else is better than getting out there and spending a day with James Tudor?”
James Tudor, as many in Northwest Indiana already know, is a big man with a big personality, and an even bigger heart; someone who puts everything into running this event and helping out the kids. So for Tudor, today was a great day of hopefully many, many more outings to come; each bigger than the last.
“We look forward to a great future. This is eleven years of running the camp and we look forward to the next 25.”