Cairn University held its 22nd Annual Golf Classic on Wednesday, May 10, 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 delicious lunch and day of competitive fun, golfers enjoyed a gourmet dinner and heard a word from Sr. Vice President for University Advancement Russ Nixon. This year, attendees also heard a student testimony from recent graduate Chrislee Butcher ’17/G’17. Having received her BS in Bible and MS in Counseling at this spring’s commencement, Chrislee accepted an offer to serve as an undergraduate admissions counselor at Cairn beginning on June 1st. An outstanding student and dedicated Nexus worker, Chrislee spoke on her involvement on campus and the impact of her Cairn education.
President Williams also thanked participants for coming, reminding them that events such as the Golf Classic make it possible for students to afford a biblical education. He also presented the first-ever Cairn University Golf Classic Legacy Award, awarded to Mel Nace. The president recognized Mel Nace as “a worthy recipient of this inaugural presentation. Mel has been a faithful supporter of and advocate for the Golf Classic. His company has sponsored the event for decades. He has served on the planning committee on numerous occasions, and he is always present and enthusiastically participating. He is an example to us all of a faithful and humble servant of the Lord and a consistent supporter of Cairn University.”
The evening continued with an announcement of the winning teams and players, awards, prizes, and a silent auction by Ed Abrams, a member of the Golf Committee. This year, the winning team members were Gordon Hickman, Dwight Dudas, Ken Mangin, and John Olszewski (for shamble) and Phil Goshow, Bill Schmidt, Paul Clemens, and Jay Minnucci (for scramble). Other notable performances at contest holes include the “longest drives,” which were made by Scott Trotter (over age 64), Sal Spera (under age 64), and Stacy Cullen (women).
After prizes were awarded, Senior Advancement Officer Tammy Butler 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; Wicked tickets; and more.
The year’s event raised approximately $33,712 for scholarships through The Cairn Fund, directly benefiting students and allowing them to continue their studies at Cairn. Funds raised by this single-day event totaled nearly 1% of the three-year Forward campaign’s $3.6 million goal for scholarship support.
Special thanks to members of the Golf Committee and the advancement, athletics, and marketing departments for organizing and participating in the event, as well as to all of our sponsors and attendees.
Save the date for next year! We’ll be at The Philadelphia Cricket Club on May 14, 2018.
Correction, 5/31: The article originally estimated the net funds raised by this event to be approximately $37 thousand. After paying all of our event-related invoices, we’ve calculated the final amount raised for The Cairn Fund to be $33,712.