The SWIAEE Annual Charity Golf Tournament will take place July 26, 10 a.m. PDT, at the Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach, Calif. Designed for a day trip, golfers can play 18 holes of golf with optional contests to test their swing. This year, a half day of activities for non-golfers starts at 1 p.m. PDT. There will be a pilates-inspired workout followed by a friendly corn hole tournament. Raffle prizes are available even for people who can’t make it in person, and the event will close with a networking send-off for golfers and non-golfers alike.
This event is open to members and non-members of SWIAEE, and sponsorships are available. Proceeds benefit the Southwest Chapter of IAEE and the California Family Life Center. To register, visit events.golfstatus.com/event/4c8ddae1-2517-4870-b3f5-d2bd01886d47/details/registration-details
Russ Callahan, SWIAEE chapter chair released the following statement about the event:
“Chapter members have had a mixed reaction to the chapter holding a charity golf tournament on July 26. I am writing to address questions/concerns and offer context on the tournament. We’ve all been affected by the pandemic. The Board of Directors understands the optics of holding a tournament right now can be questionable, but we have two primary reasons for moving ahead:
1. We have a contractual obligation to have the tournament, and it would be financially devastating for the chapter to cancel this pre-pandemic contract. Old Ranch is very gracious to eliminate as many costs as possible, and the course’s flexibility has been exceptional.
2. When we decided to move forward, we had no idea of the future, just like many of you in your businesses and jobs. In the end, we believe in face-to-face engagement and are willing to go out on a limb to try to promote our industry and help the California Family Life Center, a charity we’ve assisted for more than 20 years.
“The event will be very different this year. We are hoping to break even or better. We refuse to let the momentum and the good works disappear. We will have better times of that we are sure. If you can help, participation of any kind is appreciated.”
EDPA SE Randy / EDPA Chicago Randy
The Atlanta Randy is back this year on Sept. 27 at Berkeley Hills Country Club, Duluth, Ga., to support people in the exhibition industry who have suffered severe tragedies or face insurmountable medical expenses. If you know of someone from the industry in need, please let them know of the Randy and submit an Assistance Application on their behalf, which can be found here: rsmgc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/15_RSMGCAssistApplication.pdf. To register for the Atlanta Randy, visit rsmgc.org/atlanta.
The Chicago Randy Charity Golf Outing is planned for July 26, 12 p.m., at the Seven Bridges Golf Course in Woodridge, Ill. The golf outing will include a 12 p.m. shotgun start followed by a dinner reception with raffle prizes. The charity event supports the RSMGC in helping families in the exhibition industry who have suffered severe tragedies or face insurmountable medical expenses, as it has for the past 17 years. Nancy Virene and her team say that everyone should plan on having a great day filled with sun, golf, food, drinks, and best of all, familiar faces! To register, visit chicagorandygolf.wixsite.com/home. For info or with questions, contact Nancy Virene (773-491-6950) or Jackie Hake (773-213-2076).
EDPA Golf Highlights
EDPA hosted a member golf scramble in conjunction with their ENGAGE mid-year conference on June 11. The event was held at the Stone Mountain Golf Club on the challenging Lakemont course with exquisite views of Stone Mountain and the surrounding lake.
Prior to tee-off, golfers participated in a skills challenge at the driving range. There, contestants took turns trying to hit golf balls at giant photos of EDPA President Amy Sondrup, EDPA Industry Advocacy VP Chris Griffin, and EDPA Texas Chapter President and golf scramble coordinator Matthew Little.
Forty golfers then proceeded to a shotgun start for their round of golf. The weather held off (except for the humidity) and the group managed to get all 18 holes in. A great time was had by all who participated.
Congratulations to the winning foursome of Jason Weddle, John Zimmerman, Justin Jones and Matt Kleinrock. A special shout-out to Matthew Little and the team of volunteers who helped make the golf-scramble so much fun.