The 6th Annual Newman’s Own Challenge Golf Classic was a big hit with the golfers at Fleming Island on Monday, November 4th. Ninety-five golfers came out to show their support for Challenge Enterprises’ Residential programs and their mission; promoting the “Power of People and Possibilities.”
The wind was gusty and the clouds were dark, but everyone felt right at home in the dreary Scottish ‘like’ weather once the bag pipes signaled a shotgun start to the tournament. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has a professional bagpipe group, and these officers were happy to show their support with entertaining music that only blasts in one volume, loud. Everyone got pumped up with “Braveheart” and “Amazing Grace” playing in the background.
Once the golfers pulled up to the Hole in One competition sponsored by Garber Auto Mall, they really got excited. It was like seeing a kid at Christmas as each golfer started picturing themselves sinking a hole in one and driving away in a brand new Chevy. Business Technology Group was a double sponsor for the tournament, and all but two employees took the day off to support Challenge Enterprises. BTG volunteers took our residents around on golf carts to express their gratitude to the philanthropic golfers. Other BTG employees were playing in the tournament to show their support. Some BTG employees even made the winner’s podium. It’s always nice to see other companies that enjoy a work/play balance like we do at Challenge Enterprises.
The giving spirit was strong throughout the day and into the night, as the auction and raffle got underway. If there was ever a dull moment where no one was bidding, one specific gentleman would always say, “Sure, I’ll take it, One hundred dollars.” He didn’t always want the item, but his generosity encouraged others to bid higher than him. The Newman’s Own Foundation embodies that kind of giving spirit and philanthropy, and we saw that giving spirit spread quickly throughout the day and night. Paul Newman’s book title says it best, “Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good.”
As Challenge Enterprises moves into the digital age, (with our new website, photography, and digital films) we would encourage you to “shamelessly exploit Challenge Enterprises in Pursuit of the Common Good.”
Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors to the tournament, and thank you in advance for sharing our mission by promoting the “Power of People and Possibilities.”