I’ve had many extraordinary and wonderful experiences playing and sharing the game of golf throughout my career as a professional golfer, instructor, coach and mentor. Whether it was playing in a professional tour event, or teaching, golf was the conduit that seemed to bring people together in a positive and enjoyable environment. As I shifted from a playing career to a teaching career, I found creating events and golf experiences, to be one of the most enjoyable aspects of my program. So it was a natural fit to extend my services to the non-profit world. I’ve had the opportunity to create and lead many golf events and clinics for such worthy causes as the Special Olympics, The Lupus Foundation and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
It has been over the past 8 years, that I’ve focused primarily on the Greater New England Chapter of the National M.S. Society. I've been an active member of the Board of Trustees for the past 6 years and a volunteer since 2004. I have created new events for the chapter that have gone beyond golf and have raised gross revenues of close to one million dollars. When asked about my philanthropic efforts, I was prompted to look up the word in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. It reads that Philanthropy is a spirit of goodwill toward all people especially when expressed in active and generous efforts to help others.
I thought this to be a great definition, yet missing one last piece. My addition to the definition would be this…”and when you do, whether it is organizing a new event, chairing the annual Gala or participating in a two-day 150-mile bike ride, it will be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences you’ll ever have.” This was most certainly what I experienced when I got involved with the MS Society in 2004 and it continues on today.
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