5th Annual RacingAwareness.com Charity Golf Outing Powered by Consumers Credit Union Recap

All ready to go!
All ready to go!

Charity Golf Outing is Record Breaking

The 5th Annual RacingAwareness.com Charity Golf Outing, Powered by Consumers Credit Union teed off on time this past Monday, even the cool temperatures and rainy conditions could not dampen the sprits of those in attendance.

The shot gun start saw 112 golfers take to the challenging Thousand Oaks golf course. Vanderhyde Ford provided golfers with four, par three, opportunities for great prizes, including a 2014 Ford Fusion. Unfortunately we had close … but no cigar … the Fusion is back on the lot in Cedar Springs.

Enjoying a day on the course for a great cause.
Enjoying a day on the course for a great cause.

Other on course activities included the Consumers Credit Union par 3 challenge and the Roosien & Associates putting challenge. This year also, golfers enjoyed two “5th player” shots from two of West Michigan’s best golfers, Andy Matthews, a former PGA Canadian Tour Pro, and Tom Werkmeister, 2014 Michigan Golf Hall Fame inductee.

In the end, the team from Maple Hill Golf out performed the other 28 teams and claimed the beautiful blue trophies that are symbolic to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and joined the growing list of outing winners:
2014 Maple Hill Golf
2013 Festida Foods
2012 Berlin Raceway
2011 Pinnacle Center
2010 Davenport College

The post golf dinner and celebration, presented by the Boyne Machine Company, was highlighted by a silent and live auction. High bidders

2014 Champions - Maple Hill Golf
2014 Champions – Maple Hill Golf

walked away with items such as: a Dale Earhardt Sr. framed painting and Dale Earnhardt Jr. print donated by Sam Bass, a beautiful blue Essex Customz painted helmet autographed by all 43 drivers that participated in the June NASCAR Sprint Cup race at MIS.

Other auction items included fishing charters, sports tickets, concert tickets, a Berlin Raceway suite for a night and a Griffins hockey suite for a night donated by Request Foods and Festida Foods, high end office chairs donated by Kentwood Office Furniture and the Motor Racing Network’s Pit Road Experience, just to reference a few. Don’t be surprised if you hear Mike Bursley interviewing his favorite driver on the radio soon …

As the event came to a close and all the receipts were totaled, it became very clear that this outing would become the largest single day fundraiser ever for RacingAwareness.com. This day also marked the celebration of our 5th year as a nonprofit charity supporting the sick and injured kids of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. It was truly a great way to wrap up our 5th season.

A financial recap and the donation amount for 2014 will be forthcoming. On behalf of everyone associated with RacingAwareness.com, thank you!!

The Sixth Annual RacingAwareness.com Charity Golf Outing Powered by Consumers Credit Union is scheduled for September 14th, 2015 at Thousand Oaks Golf Club. Make your reservations today to hold your foursome. This golf outing has been a complete sellout for each of the past five years. Find out why and experience it for yourself.

From Brad Kaufmann, HDVCH Director of Annual Giving –
I just wanted to thank all of you once again for your passion, for caring, and for your enormous hearts that allow you to do what you do for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Racing Awareness is an inspiration to us all, and we are so fortunate and grateful to have people like you in our corner.

You are the perfect example of people who have taken what they love (racing) and turned it into such a force for good in our community. Last night I sat at dinner, mouth agape and in constant awe, at the tremendous amount of support you generate from your friends, family and contacts. I am still reeling at the success of your event and congratulate you on a job well done.

The word “family” was mentioned a lot last night. And we at the foundation are so proud to have RA as a full-fledged part of the HDVCH family. And I am not talking some distant cousin either – we are brothers and sisters in this effort to provide resources to HDVCH and all the amazing things they are doing for kids in Michigan, the United States, and the world.

So from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you so much.

All my best,
Brad Kaufmann
Director of Annual Giving
Spectrum Health Foundation
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation


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