Friday, July 17, 2009

2009 Jimmy Biggs Memorial Golf Benefit

On Thursday the Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection organization held our annual Jimmy Biggs Memorial Golf Benefit, and I have to say it was nearly a picture perfect day! I say nearly picture perfect because right before the dinner our fearless leader, Dan Bassill became ill and had to leave the event. But the show had to go on, and if you know Dan, then you know he wouldn't have had it any other way.

I would like to thank each an every person who contributed to the success of the event. Thanks goes out to all of the sponsors, Highland Park Country Club, volunteers, staff, students, alumni, board members, and all of the other supporters who all came together to ensure that this year's event was a success! Thank You!

We couldn't have asked for a better day, perfect weather, a great golf course, great food, and nearly 100 golfers out there not only enjoying their day but directly and indirectly doing their part to assist in keeping the organization up and running. In today's economy where many are cutting back on their spending by saving and thinking twice about what they spend on, the Cabrini Connections' staff, volunteers, and students are grateful that those who supported the golf benefit understand that education and tutoring/mentoring programs for our youth is not one of the things on the list to cut back on.

But we can't just stop at the golf benefit, we need the people who attended, heard about the event but couldn't attend, and those who wanted to support but just couldn't do it at that continue to support the CAUSE. Although the golf benefit was a fun event, we see it as an opportunity for others to learn more about the program, the people who make up the program, and the vision in which we have for the future...and leave the event doing two things. We want people leaving saying WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP and telling others in their network about their experiences at the event and about the program...with the hopes that they will to say WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

There where lawyers, business executives, NFL representation (AUSTIN KING (smile) and Nick Roach, President Obama's personal barber, and many other people who have the influence, opportunity, and the means to help Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection continue to provide the necessary services that have meant so much to so many for years. Chicago Bear's Linebacker, Nick Roach said this about Cabrini Connections' student Savon Clark following the event, "Ya man Savon is going to be a big deal some day soon!" And my thought is that Savon and every other youth that joins and is commits to the program can and will be a big deal, but for that to take place WE need the resources to make sure that happens. We hope that each and every person enjoyed the event, met new people, learned more about the organization, and left the event feeling like they can and will tell the story to "CC, T/MC story" to others in their network, and collectively ask "WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?"

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