This past week, we had the privilege of golfing
brighter futures at the 2015 Kimble Anders Celebrity Golf Classic. Not only did we have a great time, but we were able to raise awareness and critical funds for the important work that Bright Futures does every day.
The Innovative Objects team having
fun with celebrity, Kimble Anders.
Special thanks to Kimble Anders and the other celebrity athletes who came along, our sponsors, our volunteers, as well as all those who came and golfed with us for the day at Eagle Creek Golf Course. In spite of a rain delay, the sun came out and made for a beautiful day of golf.
This year's sponsors were:
- Title Sponsor: Innovative Objects
- Title Sponsor: Roper Kia
- Major Sponsor: Fletcher Nissan
- Major Sponsor: Smith & Boucher Engineers
- Major Sponsor: Downstream Casino Resort
- Major Sponsor: Vowels & Stovern Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
- Major Sponsor: Leggett & Platt
- Major Sponsor: State Farm
- Reception Sponsor: Blood Tax Service
- Breakfast Sponsor: Panera
- Lunch Sponsor: Atlas Risk Management & McAlister's Deli
Thank you to all of our sponsors - we simply couldn't do it without you!
to check out the rest of the pictures from the day.
The evening before the tournament, we had a special dinner with all of our sponsors to share the vision of Bright Futures and to honor them for their investments. Not only was it a lot of fun, but we heard people saying over and over "I had no idea you did all that!" "I feel so motivated!" Russ Grundy, owner of Innovative Objects and BF Joplin Board Member, shared about how his company does "VTO" time (Volunteer Time Off) that allows staff members to take paid time off to volunteer in the community. IO has been an invaluable partner to us, and their VTO program has benefited Joplin kids many times over this past school year. I think my favorite part of the tournament this year was hearing local businesses and groups talk about the creative ways they could partner with us to help achieve the mission of ensuring that every child has a champion and a chance to succeed.
What about YOU? What can you and your company/family/faith-based group do? As we hope you enjoy some time to rest and recoup this summer, I hope you'll begin thinking on Russ's challenge and ask yourselves -
what can I do to be part of the solution for our kids? August will be here before we know it, and we're going to need you on deck and ready to go to make the 2015-16 school year great.
We are only as successful as our partners!
Sometimes this mission can feel so big that it seems impossible. But with all of us giving a little, we ARE making a difference - one life at a time! Thank you for being on the team with us!
Melissa Winston, MSMFT, PLMFT
BF Joplin Coordinator