First and foremost the Cabrini Connections and Tutor Mentor Connection staff would like to thank everyone who showed their support by either attending and/or donating to the 2008 Jimmy Biggs Memorial Cabrini Connections Golf Benefit! We had a very nice turnout and hope that even more people can and will attend the benefit in 2009. The Highland Park Country Club has beautiful facilities, the weather was great, everyone in attendance appeared to have a great experience, and we raised over $40, 000 to assist our organization with continuing to provide necessary services to our youth.
The golf benefit is another example of true meaning of the name 'Cabrini Connections' and the idea of connecting resources to the participants of the program. At the golf benefit there were staff, volunteers, donors, guests, and students all in attendance and having a nice time. The donors who provided financial contributions and/or the golfers who paid the fee to golf were able to interact with several of our students who attended the event. What makes this interaction significant is the fact that these donors had the opportunity to see exactly who their funds benefit and the difference their donations make to the youth in the Cabrini Connections' program. Again, connecting youth to resources and vice versa!
There were other 'connections' that were made as a result of this benefit. Some people, including myself, had the opportunity to enjoy a golf course for the first time, many people met and interacted with someone they had never met before, and many of the people who attended the dinner had the opportunity to hear two of our students Romel Newell and Kevin Stanfield (CC alum) speak about their experiences with the Cabrini Connections program. The 2008 Jimmy Biggs Memorial Cabrini Connections Golf Benefit was not just a fun-filled day of golfing, a dinner, and a silent auction, but another way of fulling our mission of connecting our program and the participant's to necessary resources!