3rd Annual Golf Tournament Fore Hope Huge Success
By David Leonard, New Hope Director of Marketing & Development
On Monday, June 3rd 120 golfers showed up at Recreation Park Golf Course 18 in Long Beach for our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament Fore Hope. As the golfers registered the excitement for the day was building. Lunch was provided by Jersey Mikes Subs, and out the course golfers enjoyed amazing eats from local eateries such as Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Joe Jost’s. It took no time before the competition was heating up, as last year’s tournament winners, The Fore Nice Guys, were fighting to defend their title. Despite their amazing drives down range, wonderful short game, and use of Mulligans, in the end, The Fore Nice Guys were beat by Team Douds.
As the golfers began to make their way into the awards dinner some were greeted by their wives, and the banquet room quickly filled with over 150 guests. We had filled the room with over 30 amazing raffle baskets loaded with gondola rides in Naples, gift certificates, Angles & Dodgers tickets, golf clubs, and much more. Our silent auction was comprised of sports memorabilia, ranging from an autographed Muhammad Ali photograph, Orel Hershiser baseball, and a vintage L.A. Rams bobble head. These rare items were generously donated by Bill Durkee of Walters Wholesale Electric. Our raffle give-a-ways and silent auction were hosted by the enthusiastic and no holds barred Rachel Oblon, Miss Southern California Cities 2013.
As the evening continued our guest speaker for the evening Leticia Yuzefpolsky, shared her story of hope and healing. On Christmas Eve 2008, her life changed forever. Leticia’s sister ex-husband entered her parents’ home she grew up in, and committed one of the most heinous crimes ever known—dressed as Santa Claus he attempted to take all of their lives, including her husband’s and two daughter’s. He ended up taking 9 people’s lives that evening. Now as the new Matriarch of her family, she was in search of a safe place her children could find support, and share their feelings of grief. New Hope was that place. When she was done sharing there was not a dry eye in the room.
The event was a huge success; we surpassed our financial goal of $20,000 brining in a little over $30,000. It’s because of the generosity and participation of our event sponsors, golfers, and planning committee that we were able to do this. New Hope is there for those affected by grief to support them in finding their new normal. Not facing grief can be draining on individuals and families, leaving them and their relationships crippled. New Hope’s grief support groups and family camps show that sharing experiences and feelings in a safe environment, with guidance, lead people to healing—just like Leticia’s family. Our work helps people on their journey of grief to discover they are not alone, and don’t have to grieve in solitude.
Our tournament has given New Hope the ability and necessary resources to give grieving families the support, tools, education and hope they need to move forward in life. On behalf of our New Hope family, and those we serve, we want to thank all who participated for investing in the work we do, but more importantly into the lives of grieving individuals and families. Together we are changing lives; we appreciate everyone for believing in New Hope.
We hope to see you at next year’s tournament!