We can't all sit around and wait for the world to become a better place for our children.
Some of us need to be brave, stand up and do something about it.
Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp's President and CEO, is one of these people; and on March 30, 2013 he is taking a stand and shaving his head to raise awareness and funds for The St. Baldricks Foundation and The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
"Whenever I hear about a child suffering, it absolutely breaks my heart. Many times it’s easy to feel helpless in these situations, but this year I’m going to do something about it — and I need your support to make a difference. So how can you help? I’m glad you asked....
On March 30, I’m saying good-bye to my hair to raise $100,000 for both of these great causes. If bald is beautiful, getting my head shaved to help these brave children who are fighting for their lives should be extraordinary!" said Eric.
Visit Eric's blog to read more and donate to these great causes!
Although the game didn't end favorably for Dallas, Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas was able to represent the metroplex during the halftime show at the February 24, 2013 Mavericks game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Staff members from Hackberry Creek and ClubCorp President and CEO Eric Affeldt were invited out on the court to present a check for $10,545 to Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban who accepted the donation on behalf of The Dallas Mavericks Foundation.
The donation was made possible by the Club’s 2012 Charity Classic event, which raised more than $35,000 during two sold-out golf events, a tennis tournament, a fun run family day and a silent auction awards dinner featuring Mavericks guard Roddy Beaubois, Mavericks cheerleaders, Mavs Maniaacs, and play-by-play announcer Mark Followill.
The Dallas Mavericks Foundation assists young people through programs stressing the importance of education, good health and other skills crucial to their future success.
Even though ClubCorp Charity Classic season is coming to a close, its’ positive impact continues year-round.
Thank you again to everyone who helped make this year our best year yet!
Car shows are usually and traditionally held on the the hot asphalt.
But some rules were made to be broken, especially for a worthy cause, and Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club in Gainesville, Fla. has succeeded in breaking the mould two years in a row for its’ annual Hot Rodding for Heroes charity event.
Roughly 7,000 people came out to the Club for the two-day show on Feb. 15-16, 2013 which featured 750 classic cars, a police helicopter and even parachutists jumping out of World War II era planes.
On Friday, the event kicked off with a charity golf tournament in the morning and a classic family carnival in the evening under the lights with cars, food and drinks.
Then, on Saturday, the real fun started with a classic car 30-mile police-escorted drive through Alachua County, Fla., which started out at Santa Fe College and ended at the Club.
Participants were then able to walk around the Haile Village Center and golf course to view all the classic cars, watch the air show and enjoy live music, food and drink with their family and friends.
The annual event focuses on “turning a passion for cars into local support for our nation’s heroes” by raising funds for veteran support organizations - last year for the The Fisher House Foundation, and this year for The Veterans Bridge Scholarship Fund.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible!
Nearly 14,000 individuals participated in a wide variety of fundraising events and activities including golf and tennis tournaments, formal dinners, concerts, swim-a-thons, chef competitions, cookouts and auctions at more than 125 ClubCorp clubs throughout the country.
The 2012 events raised more than $2.07 million -an amazing 25 percent increase from 2011- and brought the grand total raised since 2007 up to more than $10 million.
"[I] would like to thank our Clubs, Members, employees and sponsors, who have come together with their communities to support so many great causes,” said Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp president and CEO. “This initiative has always been close to my heart and is a strong reflection of ClubCorp’s commitment to Building Relationships and Enriching Lives.”
Over the years, Charity Classic has been able to raise funds for and impact numerous charities, including MDA’s Augie’s Quest, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Boys and Girls Clubs, Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Employee Partners Care Foundation and hundreds of smaller local charities in our Clubs' communities.
“I’m extremely grateful for the continued support from the ClubCorp family,” said Augie Nieto, chief inspiration officer, Augie's Quest, and co-chair of MDA's ALS division. “The long-term partnership has allowed us to meet exciting research milestones. In 2012, we discovered and are set to launch a Phase 2A clinical trial of Gilenya in ALS Patients. We also expanded the research institute at ALS TDI, tripling the size of our in vivo drug screening capabilities. I see 2013 as a year of momentum and hope for ALS families thanks to the dedication of ClubCorp and the members and employees.”
Hopefully, all the exposure will only mean a much bigger and better year for Charity Classic in 2013. After all, we've already made it to Times Square, and if we can make it there we'll make it anywhere!
The official date for the Seventh Annual ClubCorp Charity Classic event is October 4, 2013, with events throughout the country to be held from April 2013 through November 2013.
For more information on the ClubCorp Charity Classic, please click here.
It was a day full of fun, food and furry friends!
Held January 19, 2013 at East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar, Fla., the Tampa Bay Society’s Third Annual Chili/Salsa Bowl was able to raise more than $4,000 as well as food, toys and bedding for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Additionally, four dogs were adopted into new loving homes from the Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Bus during the event.
Thirteen teams, which together made ten chilis and ten salsas, competed for the coveted bragging rights and trophies. In traditional fashion, event attendees were able to sample all the entries and vote for their favorites for the People’s Choice award.
A panel of judges, which included past winners and Humane Society volunteers, picked the grand prize winners.
The awards went to: Team Pinehurst Pub as the amateur salsa winner, Team Swords Salsa (a first-time contender) as the pro salsa winner, Team Sand Peppers as the amateur chili winner and Team Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club as the pro chili winner. The People’s Choice award for both salsa and chili went to East Lake Woodlands Country Club Member Erick Milton. Congratulations to all team members!
“The event gets better every year!” said ClubCorp Area Network Manager Amy Jo Blevens.
“Our greatest donation came from a selfless five-year-old birthday girl, Keira Graebner, who chose to receive donations for the animals in lieu of gifts. It is through our wonderful members, sponsors and the local community who gave their time and effort that make a difference to this worthwhile cause.”
Funds and products donated during the event will be used to help end animal homelessness and provide care and comfort for animals in need.
This year’s event had more than 300 attendees.
Thank you to all who came and made the event such a success!
A special thanks to the event sponsors: PETCO, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Fitzgerald Auto Mall, Comfort Keepers and The Learning Experience of Oldsmar.
The long-awaited results are finally here!
We are so proud to announce the 2012 ClubCorp Charity Classic raised a record-breaking $2.07 million for MDA's Augie's Quest, the Employee Partners' Care Foundation and various charities nationwide.
And now, because of the combined philanthropy, generosity and dedication of our Clubs, employee partners, Members and attendees, Charity Classic has officially raised more than $10 million for charity since it began six years ago, in 2007.
We are so overwhelmingly grateful to everyone who helped make this milestone possible!
2012 ClubCorp Charity Classic's Top 10:
1. Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club in Coto de Caza, Calif. - $143,137
2. Greenspoint Club in Houston, Texas - $100,503
3. Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio - $73,726
4. Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas - $72,294
5. Seville Golf & Country Club in Gilbert, Ariz. - $62,058
6. Anthem Golf & Country Club in Anthem, Ariz. - $56,553
7. Aliso Viejo Country Club in Aliso Viejo, Calif. - $53,854
8. Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose, Calif. – $45,840
9. Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield, Texas - $44,046
10.La Cima Club in Irving, Texas - $42,369
Once again, thank you for making Charity Classic such an incredible success in 2012 and all throughout the years.
We look forward to breaking our record again this year!
Knock three times and tell ‘em Joe sent ya!
Attendees at the 2012 Charity Classic at The Greenspoint Club in Houston on October 20 were whisked back to the glamorous 1920s, for a night of fine dining, dancing and entertainment to benefit three separate charities.
A night of surprises awaited everyone at Greenspoint, which was completely transformed into a wonderland. Attendees arrived dressed in Roaring Twenties garb and the Clubhouse was covered in huge white feather plumes, gold lamé draping and crystal beads.
The night began with a cocktail reception in the Cotton Club, before everyone proceeded into the 21 Club for a delectable, gourmet four-course dinner. The night was going very well until the joint was raided by the 'police', which naturally forced everyone into the gym, magically transformed for the night into a speakeasy. Then the party really began!
The event continued far into the night as the ladies and gentlemen placed bids in the auction, played games and gambled in the casino, listened to live music and sipped on bathtub gin and other decade favorites. The event was held in honor of Dan McIntyre, former ClubCorp executive for 24 years and a two-time cancer survivor, and his choice for the event’s third charity was Golfers Against Cancer.
Around 160 people came to the event, which ended up being a beautiful evening full of fun and philanthropy, raising over $100,000.
Just like all ClubCorp Charity Classic events, the proceeds raised that evening went to three wonderful charities, MDA’s Augie’s Quest, the Employee Partner Care Foundation and one local charity.
For Greenspoint, that local charity was Golfers Against Cancer. A very worthy cause, Golfers Against Cancer has raised and donated over $22 million for cancer research since its’ inception in the summer of 1997 in Kingwood, Texas.
The event was made possible by the Club's Charity Committee, which is a joint effort of the Club's Social Committee and their Board of Governors.
Thank you and congratulations to all the organizers and attendees who made the night such a success!
Los Angeles, the second most-populated city in the United States, is known for being home to many colorful cultures.
For its’ 2012 Charity Classic event on Friday night, October 5,2012, The City Club on Bunker Hill in LA decided to explore the culinary diversity of the city.
At the event, dubbed “Love in LA”, attendees enjoyed a wonderful four-corner station dinner, representing the Latin, Middle Eastern, Asian and American corners of the city, with delicious wine pairings.
The event, which was open to the public, had more than 150 guests. In addition to supporting three worthy causes, throughout the course of the night attendees were entertained by a magician, enjoyed live jazz music, participated in a silent auction and were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportuity to kiss a pig.
Yes, for a charitable donation, you could have kissed a pig. And many participants did, since Bueller the Pig 'single-hoovedly' raised over $1,000!
The event raised almost $18,000 for MDA’s Augie’s Quest, The Employee Partner Care Foundation, and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Youth Foundation.
The LA Sheriff’s Youth Foundation strives to offer safe alternative opportunities to at-risk youth in Los Angeles County, a county notoriously plagued by gangs, drugs and violence. These opportunities focus on activities for the youth that build character, instill leadership skills, boost self-esteem and help them establish a positive outlook on their own life and future.
Thank you to all the organizers at The City Club and to all who attended and made the event such a great success!
Is there such a thing as too much golf for one day?
Not according to three adventurous Employee Partners at The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas, who took to the courses for an entire day to raise money for The First Tee.
Aurora Kircher-McClain, director of the Golf Advantage School at Kingwood; Heath Martin, head golf professional at Kingwood and general manager of the Deerwood Club; and Darrell Funston, director of golf at Kingwood, spent a little more than 12 hours in one day playing every hole of golf at Kingwood, all 90 of them, plus playing 10 holes twice to reach that commendable benchmark of 100 holes.
The three of them started their day off bright and early at 7 a.m. and finished at 7:30 p.m. There was a lot of support for them on the course, coming from the monetary donations made by Members and fellow Employee Partners, and from the food and beverage staff at Kingwood who made sure the trio always stayed nourished and hydrated. Finally, when the trio got to the 100th and final hole, there was a whole crowd of supporters cheering them on as they finished their quest.
The First Tee is an international youth development organization with school and after-school programs that focus on instilling values such as integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. According to The First Tee, they have reached 6.5 million participants since their inception in 1997.
Their work is largely made possible through private donations such as those raised by the event at Kingwood.
Thank you to all those who donated and to the trio who made it through the day smiling!
Every year, our Clubs open their doors to the public to attend the wide array of events offered during the annual ClubCorp Charity Classic. But for those who just can’t get enough and want to bring the philanthropy home with them, we proudly announce our annual online auction! The bidding starts at 8 a.m. EST on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 and ends at 9 p.m. EST on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, so cast your bids and don’t miss out!
ClubCorp’s Charity Classic is a great opportunity to give to worthy causes. The two beneficiaries of the Charity Classic online auction this year are MDA’s Augie’s Quest, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease; and the Employee Partners Care Foundation, a fund to assist ClubCorp Employee Partners in times of crisis. Both of these wonderful organizations will each be receiving half of the donations raised during the online auction.
This year, we are thrilled to offer a unique selection of items up for auction. From Sept. 17- Oct. 1 you can fight for the highest bid on everything from trips to Costa Rica and Las Vegas to a cowbell autographed by comedian Will Ferrell and a football signed by Dallas Cowboys legend Daryl Johnston.
Last year during the 2011 Charity Classic, 61 total items were on the online auction and bidders were able to raise just under $40,000. The highest bid on any item was $15,400 for a 12-night Ker and Downey South Africa vacation valued at twice as much. For this year's online auction, we need you to help us reach our goal of raising $100,000.
Click here to visit our online auction and start bidding for good!