NEIAHU (Fort Wayne chapter) had an incredibly successful golf outing this year! Jeff Fabini, Past NEIAHU President recaps for us…
This year was quite the experience, as we took the golf outing to the next level. Our focus this year was First Responders. Being the 19th anniversary of each, our outing and 9-11, we felt the fit was perfect. We partnered with the FOP Lodge 14 in Fort Wayne. Within the FOP they have a not for profit called Leaving a Living Legacy Foundation. All the money in this foundation is used for any branch of first responders in Allen County. One of the programs this foundation supports that is highly recognizable is the annual Shop with a Cop. This is a program to help children in less fortunate situations enjoy the Christmas season. This is followed up in January with No Families left behind. Here they find families that were missed by other organizations for assistance and they step in and provide help.
Our outing went to the next level this year. We sold out at 36 teams, of which 35 registered to golf. We had several anonymous sponsors pay for a team made up of first responders. We had plenty of activity from start to finish. We had a color guard, pledge of allegiance, honoring of veterans and first responders and recognized a family of a deceased first responder. Then the festivities began with a ladder truck ball drop of which the winner received $500! On the course we had several hole in one contests and a corn hole contest, of which a winner was drawn for a beautiful corn hole set consisting of a thin blue line and a thin red line design. The Twisted Smoke food truck was on site and people raved about it. The AR15 golf ball drive was a hit, the beverage carts were kept busy all day and the beverage tables were strategically placed throughout the course. On the course we had several sponsors set up that had games for the golfers to play, with prizes to win. The raffle tables were a hit and all the prizes were of substantial value. The blind raffle was a gift from Twisted Smoke good for an onsite party for 25 people.
All in all it was a FABULOUS day! Oh, and by the way not only did we raise money for our NEIAHU chapter, but we presented the partner charity a check for $10,000. Word is you are going to see NEIAHU members assisting with the Shop with a Cop campaign this December.
Please check out our website for the event and help us thank our sponsors! https://neiahu.org/2020golf/