There are few avid golfers on the Community Foundation of Western Nevada staff, but last Thursday afternoon we took the afternoon off to play the links. We divided into two fivesomes to play in the best ball tournament. One team scored three under par (Go Tee-zers!) and one player on our other team hit three holes in one. It was an extreme course with many challenges that tested our skill. I must say, the competition was tough at the Estipona Group Putt Putt Classic at Magic Carpet Mini-Golf.
The Putt Putt Classic 20-team tournament was a fundraiser for the Estipona Group’s new charitable fund at the Community Foundation and an excellent staff team building activity. The Estipona Group is committed to helping alleviate homelessness in northern Nevada. To support their goal, they have established a Community Foundation fund to benefit local organizations that serve local homeless populations. Players competed for five awards, including the “Shake It Off Award” for the best injury. It was silly, fun, and the costumes were over the top. The Putt Putt Classic was the perfect way to kick off summer on a beautiful afternoon in Reno.
Fore good. Fore ever!
Getting out of the office for some fun brings many benefits to our team. It was great to spend time together away from work, where we had much more fun than at the usual staff meeting. I think every member of our staff is a genuinely nice and wonderful person. I was gratified to hear Edward Estipona, a Community Foundation Advisory Board member, recognize the Community Foundation and share the charitable purpose with the tournament players. It eased the sting and frustration remaining from the hole where we had to hit the ball over the moving drawbridge through the giant cake.
Ben Hogan, golf champion from the 1940’s and 50’s, famously said: “As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” Helping people with their charitable giving and charitable legacies are the gratifying roles the Community Foundation plays in our region. Although we rarely play golf, we get to smell the roses every day as we connect people who care with causes that matter. Occasionally, we hit a hole in one!
Everybody is back in the office now, a bit more refreshed and tanned, and ready to work with you. If you would like to explore ways you can make our community a better place, to help our future generations enjoy a better life, and perhaps have a bit more reason and time to smell the roses, please give us a call.
Chris Askin, President, and CEO. 775-762-1932