Today's post is by Kim Hawkins, Vice President of the RE/MAX Alliance network in Colorado.
Just like that, another RE/MAX Alliance Golf Tournament benefiting Children's Miracle Network is in the books! We had a gorgeous day in a gorgeous setting, all for an amazing cause!
We at RE/MAX Alliance have been doing this tournament for 24 years now and it just seems to get better and better and better.
Is it hard work? Well, over the last few years, it sometimes feels like the tournament runs itself. But the days just prior, and the "day of" are always a little chaotic and really, really long! And the wrap up is a lot of work. Is it worth it? Beyond all measure!
This year, our net total (why talk about gross amounts? That's not what we give the kiddos!) will be a little over $87,000 and with that we will have raised $1,000,000 since 2001 just from the tournament!
It's more than a golf tournament. It's offices and agents buying a golf ball number for $20 (almost 1000 sold this year). It's great auction items – silent and live. So, how have we grown the tournament to this level?
We've been incredibly blessed with continuity – in our committee members, our volunteers, our sponsors and our golfers. I read a great quote that says it perfectly:
"Even a small dot can stop a big sentence. But a few more dots can give a continuity. Amazing but true. Every ending can be a new beginning." – Anonymous
So, really, our goal to help the kiddos never ends. I looked at all of our faces at the tournament this year, and I realized how many we see year, after year, after year. That gives us continuity and makes it great!
And the most important parts of our continuity are our kiddos. We've always had the honor of hosting a number of our kiddos at the tournament. And what makes the tournament so special is seeing them grow up.
• Garrison Hayes has been with us since 2009. He's now on to college and will be representing RE/MAX Alliance in track and field at the Tokyo Para Olympics.
• Peyton Palermo joined us in 2010 as a Champion. She's a wonderful grown up young lady now headed to college.
• Carson Cline is a little one who is full of energy and joy! He is now running thanks to CMN!!
These kids, and many more, are my "why!" They have become part of the fabric of what makes this tournament so great, and they bring folks back year after year.
One of our great agents, Nicole Brandt, who plays each year said it best: "That is really amazing to see the numbers grow and grow over the years. The tournament really does have a great turn out, and we look forward to playing every year. There is something humbling when you are out there playing and having a good time, then you come upon the hole that Carson was at. The whole world just seems to stop for a moment and you just watch him having fun, with everyone looking at the world so differently through his young eyes. It puts a sense of peace over you that is indescribable."
We're already planning next year. Knowing we are making a difference for these kiddos is our double rainbow! And we were gifted with that reminder at our dinner/auction this year!