Veteran Definition (Unofficial) (Intended only for this tournament)
“Whether active duty, retired, military disabled, national guard, or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The ‘United States of America’, for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’” (author unknown)
A crowd of 77 golfers descended upon The Black Diamond Quarry Course on Veterans Day to Compete so Our Children Win! The 5th Annual Tee Off for Kids sought veterans this year to come and celebrate Veterans Day while raising money for Kids Central’s unfunded prevention programs. The prestigious Black Diamond Quarry Course was the host for the Veterans Day Celebration on November 11, 2013.
Retired Lt. Col. Frank Rasbury was Kids Central’s honored guest. He played in a foursome comprised of Kids Central CEO and veteran, John Cooper; Florida Coalition for Children CEO, Kurt Kelly; and Big Bend CBC CEO, Mike Watkins.
This year there were more sponsors and supporters than ever before. Several members of the Kids Central Board of Directors were present for the closing ceremonies which was also attended by Florida Rep. Jimmie Smith of the Community and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, and US Congressman and former Hernando Sheriff, Richard Nugent.
The event was filled with happy faces, especially from the foursome from the West Ocala Marines Corp League Detachment 1072 and a foursome of Airmen from Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, both who received a generous sponsored foursome donated by Youth and Family Alternatives and Cory Pool at Jenkins Auto Group. Tito’s Vodka had a busy Beverage Station serving vodka sensations on the course and three lucky golfers attempted a $1M Hole-In-One shot. There was also a putting contest worth $5,000, and LOVE Honda had a brand new Honda Fit placed on Hole #17. In an email from airman Jeremiah Odendahl, he expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to play the Quarry Course.
“We truly had such an incredible time. The course was beautiful and the event was so wonderfully put together. Thank you so very much for having us. My supervisor would love to know how the event did in order to spread the word about Kids Central and the great things you did...Again I can’t thank you enough for having us along! You made our veterans day a truly special one.”
In honor of Veterans Day, guests and players received a commemorative Tee Off for Kids 2013 golf “medal.” Kids Central CEO, John Cooper, and members of the Board of Directors were joined by Florida House Representative Jimmie Smith of the Community and Veterans Affairs Sub-committee during the Cocktail Hour and Award Ceremony. Rep. Smith shared with Lt. Col. Rasbury the pride of a paratrooper in their military careers, received his commemorative Tee Off for Kids medal and addressed the audience.
United States Congressman, Richard Nugent, and his Chief of Staff, Justin Grabelle, were also in attendance for the Cocktail Reception. Congressman Nugent and Frank Rasbury are friends and Nugent has been a long-time friend and supporter of Kids Central dating back to his days as Hernando Sheriff.
Entertainment was provided by three talented performers who call themselves Ladies and Gentlemen. Their music was the perfect backdrop for the event and their performance was the talk of the room, especially when joined by the beautiful voice of Frank Rasbury’s wife, Naida, singing a patriotic song. These talented youth each play several different instruments and are each gifted musicians. Karl explained that he was very excited to play for Kids Central. His parents have adopted two children from Russia, one from Florida that he grew up as a result of a difficult family situation, one from the Philippines and another child on the way from the Philippines. “Kids Central is a non-welfare approach to helping kids in abusive situations. Take Steve Jobs for example. This organization uses compassion to save kids, and those kids will change the world” said Karl.
The winning foursome was registered by veteran and President/Owner of Powerhouse Two, a manufacturing company in the Orlando area. Other players in the winning foursome were John Kieras, Ryan Chapdelaine and Ben Johnson. Tom proved to be an invaluable source of information when the tournament was in its early planning stages. Each player in the winning foursome won a Caribbean vacation to go with their trophy!
Tournament Sponsorships were also provided from Verteks Consulting, Bouchard Insurance, AETNA, Ocala Magazine, WIND-FM, Jim & Gail Burry, Lake Sumter Community College Foundation, Publix, WiseWay Auto Sales, Windstream, Phillips Chrysler Jeep, and others with over $50,000 in generous in-kind donations from businesses both large and small.
A complete listing of sponsors is provided in the event brochure.
Tee Off for Kids Archives
We would like to thank our sponsors from previous years for their generous support! We look forward to having you again this year! 2009 Golf Tournament Sponsors 2010 Golf Tournament Sponsors 2011 Golf Tournament Sponsors2011 Tee Off for Kids Event 2010 Tee Off for Kids Event 2009 Tee Off for Kids Event