Thursday, May 27, 2010

Golfers With Good Hearts

Imagine playing 100 holes of golf in one day! It sounds like a golf widow's nightmare. Instead, it's a way five guys who've known each other since high school are giving their hearts to the community.

Sheila here, and I want you to know about Cincinnati Golfers for Charity. Five men who met in school at St. Xavier High came up with the idea after participating in a 100 Golf Challenge event that had been hosted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It's morphed into a new charity. Each year, the CGC sets out to play 100 holes of golf in one day! Ahead of the event, the members raise as many dollars as they can from friends, relatives, peers, and anyone willing to donate. The funds raised are then divided up between the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as one other charity selected for that particular year, like Cancer Free Kids or the Arthritis Foundation.

This is the group's third year, and the guys and their supporters have already raised $250,000! Dave Geppert is one of the founders, and I met him this spring at a fundraising dinner. He and his wife Kara have been involved in the Make A Wish foundation, in part out of their gratitude for having a healthy daughter, Annie. Another founder, Matt Olson has a large family and a career, but he also finds time to give back to the community. These are guys with hearts bigger than the courses they play, and if you or some golfer you love is willing to spend a loooong Friday (12 hours!) on the greens and fairways, they'd love to have the help!

The CGC's next event is a golf-a-thon on June 4th at Hamilton County's Vineyard Golf Course. You can get involved or find out more about Cincinnati Golfers for Charity at

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