Thursday, February 9, 2012

Giving Back Through Golf

We’d like to start this week’s update by saying how proud we were to hear updates from Capitol Hill earlier this week as athletes and advocates from one of our favorite nonprofits – Special Olympics - met with members of Congress to discuss education, health and employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. Their goal is to continue the commitment to the work of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and to make sure that people with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD) are top-of-mind when critical decisions are made for the country. Athletes and ambassadors met face-to-face with Congressional representatives in hundreds of scheduled appointments. Following the meetings, a candlelight vigil was held as a poignant reminder of everyone’s ability to aid in the fight for civil rights for all. We support Special Olympics!

Also this week, the PGA TOUR Wives Association teamed up with TOMS Shoes for a “Style Your Sole Party” at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Shoes, designed by the likes of Darius Rucker (who gave an outstanding performance during the 2011 McGladrey Classic, by the way), Bill Murray, over very own Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson, and other celebrities and professional golfers, are available for bidding on e-Bay. All proceeds benefit the PGA TOUR Wives Association and the First Tee of Monterey County. Here’s a picture of what Zach’s “inner designer” created.

Speaking of the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, it’s underway Feb. 6 – 12. In addition to Zach, Team McGladrey members Davis Love III and Chris DiMarco are playing, along with a virtual “who’s who” of celebrities, including Huey Lewis, Chris O’Donnell, Ray Ramano, Darius Rucker and many others. While the event is guaranteed to be loads of fun, the real winners are the hundreds of nonprofit organizations which benefit from the proceeds of the tournament. To date, more than $85 million has been raised through the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which is committed to funding organizations and programs that demonstrate “the greatest positive effect.”

After Pebble Beach, Chris and Zach will be joined by Team McGladrey Member Natalie Gulbis at an “Ultimate Golf Experience” for select McGladrey clients and potential clients. A small contingent from the McGladrey sports marketing team will be there, so look for updates on Facebook and Twitter (@McGladrey), and check back here next week for event highlights, and maybe even a few words from Team McGladrey members themselves!