A total of 144 women from around the Quad Cities brought their clubs to Palmer Hills Golf Course last Friday for a good cause – to benefit our Quad Cities Domestic Violence Shelter.
It was a chilly and breezy morning for the 9 a.m. shotgun start, but it warmed a bit as the day went on. Laughter, applause, even a few screams of joy could be heard throughout the day. It was so great to see so many of our friends having fun. Even those who said they weren’t playing great golf still admitted they were having a great time.
After the tournament, we all met under the pavilion, where prizes were awarded, awards were presented, and a silent auction was held on a number of excellent gift baskets. Cody Tucker of B100 was the emcee of our luncheon ceremony.
We were preparing the pavilion for lunch when delighted cheers and screams came from Hole #3, a par 3, 180-yard hole where Sharon Kundel had just hit a hole-in-one to win our hole-in-one contest. Gwen Tombergs presented Sharon with a check for $10,000 toward a new car from Lujack’s Mitsubishi, one of our sponsors.
Another highlight was the presentation of the Jamie Pickett Memorial Award, given to Pat Shouse for someone who goes above and beyond, in the spirit of Jamie Pickett, who was involved in the DOVE Committee before she passed away in 2009. Pat was a co-creator of the tournament that became the DOVE Women’s Golf Tournament.
I’d like to thank all of our sponsors for supporting the tournament. Our Eagle sponsors included:
- Trinity Regional Health System
- Royal Neighbors of America
- Edwards Creative
- Isabel Bloom
Our media sponsors included:
- Cumulus Broadcasting
- Quad-City Times
I’d like to also thank our hard-working DOVE Committee for organizing such a positive event. Committee members included:
- Caitlin Russell
- Abbey Furlong
- Cathy Edwards
- Becky Lorentzen
- Cheryl Piersall
- Collett Gillam
- Dana Densberger
- Deb Stephens
- Janelle Carter
- JoEllen Peace
- Kerri Jernigan
- Leann Zinn
- Rachel Lawrence
- Sarah Reemtsma
- Rachel Klein
- Rod Ossowski
Two other events are held each year in conjunction with the DOVE Women’s Golf Tournament to support our Domestic Violence Shelter – the Isabel Bloom Signing Event in March, where statues designed exclusively for Family Resources are signed by designer Donna Young – and the Fill-the-Truck event that is coming up on Saturday, June 23, when the people of the Quad Cities and Muscatine can take donations to fill trucks at all Hy-Vee stores in our communities (Muscatine donations go to our Domestic Violence Shelter in Muscatine). For details on Fill-the-Truck, follow this link.
To see photos from the DOVE Women’s Golf Tournament, follow this link to our website. We were putting photos on Facebook all day Friday, so if you’re on Facebook, make sure you “like” our page to keep up-to-date on all of our events.
The financial support that is generated will go a long way in helping women and children who are in desperate need of a new beginning. DOVE stands for “Domestic Violence Ended.” It would be nice to make that happen, but in the meantime, the people who organize and support events like these deserve our heartfelt thanks, and the businesses who sponsor our events deserve our community’s support.