Cairn University held its 21st Annual Golf Classic on Wednesday, May 11, at Sunnybrook Golf Club at Plymouth Meeting, PA. This year, over 100 golfers participated in the event, including Cairn staff, faculty, board members, and friends of the University.
After a day of competitive fun, golfers enjoyed a gourmet dinner and heard a word from Sr. VP for University Advancement Russ Nixon. Nixon recounted a student testimony that he heard from recent graduate Andrew Gordon ’16 at the commencement banquet just days before. The 23-year-old alumnus shared that Cairn University graduates don’t “have to” feed the homeless, go to graduate school, or serve in ministry — they “get to.” Andrew’s speech was one that many Cairn graduates would agree with: We have the privilege of living and serving for Christ’s glory.
President Williams also thanked the participants for coming and spoke on the impact of The Cairn Fund. “Over 85% of our students receive financial aid,” Dr. Williams stated. “As a result, our students graduate with less debt than the national average.” Events such as the Golf Classic make it possible for students to afford a biblical education.
The evening continued with an announcement of the winning teams and players, awards, prizes, and a silent auction. This year, the winning team members were Matt Hancock, Andy Iott, Josh Isler, and Dave Urban (for shamble) and Phil Goshow, Bill Schmidt, Paul Clemens, and Jay Minnucci (for scramble). While no one won the Volvo donated as a prize for the hole-in-one contest, Garry North ’12 certainly came close with his drive of 3’3’’ from the hole. Other notable performances at contest holes include the “longest drives,” which were made by Peter Dilullo (over age 64), Tony White (under age 64), and Stacy Cullen (women).
After prizes were awarded, Nixon announced the winners of the silent auction. Auction items included vacations; golf outings; Flyers tickets; dinner and a Philadelphia Orchestra concert with Dr. Williams and his wife, Dawn; and more.
The year’s event raised approximately $48,000 for scholarships through The Cairn Fund, directly benefiting students and allowing them to continue their studies at Cairn.
Special thanks to those on the Golf Committee, as well as to the Advancement, Athletics, and Marketing departments for participating and organizing the event.
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