What fun we had during the Keswick-United Way Golf Classic on Monday! The teams were sold out, and we had many generous sponsors, including Keswick Hall, Club & Estate, NewsRadio 1070 WINA, and The Daily Progress. The entire event was presented by State Farm Insurance, and ably spearheaded by Tom Barnes of State Farm. BB&T sponsored the wonderful dinner, and once again Volvo of Charlottesville offered generous Hole in One contests at four different holes, with the grand prize being a new Volvo XC70. As the person who got to pick up the car from Volvo and drive it to Keswick for the day, I was impressed by the neat warning lights on the front door pillars that blink when a car is passing you on either side – no more blind spots! Of course, Volvo is known for its safety standards.
Every year we try to make the tournament a little more special, and this year, we were helped by First Systems and Resources, a family-owned print and promotions company here in Charlottesville. They provided us with very nice golf-themed picture frames, and our very able staff photographer, Leah Valentine Hill, took photos of each team at the 18th hole with beautiful Keswick Hall in the background. Each golfer received a framed photo of their foursome. (Staff and volunteers made that happen by printing and framing the photos on site all day long.).
Many thanks go to our Special Projects volunteer, Margo Szeliga, who put in several months of work in signing up sponsors and soliciting raffle prizes. Thanks as well go to volunteers Jim Kennan, board member, and Sean Connolly, who each put in their third year at the tournament.
The good folks at NewsRadio 1070 WINA once again out-did themselves in their support and promotion of the tournament – from PSAs to three live broadcasts from Keswick, they truly put all their resources into helping us make this tournament special. And this year we welcomed The Daily Progress as a tournament sponsor; they ran a month’s worth of ads with entry forms that also helped raise awareness. Thank you, all.
And what more can we say about the wonderful people at Keswick – over and over we said to ourselves and others what a pleasure it was to work with them. They consistently make you feel like you are the most special person in the world.
We hope that the golf, spectacular scenery, great food and outstanding service from Keswick staff made all our golfers’ day fun.
We are already brainstorming on some new, clever twists for next year. Stay tuned.
Posted by Kim Connolly.
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