Sunday, October 26, 2014

Nothing Short of Incredible


Guest post by Juliana Kreul, tax manager – not-for-profit, with McGladrey LLP, the nation’s leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. Juliana is one of several of the firm’s Birdies Fore Love office leaders, who was chosen to attend The McGladrey Classic as a result of her involvement in the charitable aspect of this year’s McGladrey Classic.

Saturday (Oct. 25) at The McGladrey Classic was absolutely incredible! The weather was perfect and everyone was in great spirits. It was also Military Appreciation Day, which started with a parade across the causeway onto the island where veterans and more than 50 Purple Heart recipients were welcomed by McGladrey leaders and enthusiastic and supportive golf enthusiasts. Military personnel had access to a grandstand especially for them, which provided seating, refreshments and great views of the 9th greens. It was packed with some of our nation’s finest and bravest men and women. The flag on each green along the course was an American Flag. And active duty military service members were charged with tending each flag throughout the day’s play. It was an honor to watch every player and caddy shake each service member’s hand and thank him/her for their service.

My husband and I had an opportunity to play a round of golf on the beautiful Retreat Course here on Sea Island. We were joined by co-workers from McGladrey’s San Diego and Irvine offices, and our round was expertly caddied by a local Sea Island resident and long-time professional caddy. One of the most interesting highlights of the afternoon was our peek into the Golf Channel production trailer where we were able to watch how everything that you see during a nationally televised golf event comes together.  Back at The Lodge where we were able to tour the area, explore the McGladrey Fan Zone and watch some exciting finishes at the 18th Hole from the McGladrey Chalet. The players continue to play well, the conditions are superb, and the greens are fast; setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion to The McGladrey Classic.

Saturday evening, the Sea Island Beach Club hosted a dinner reception. With the ocean waves breaking in the background and a beautiful sunset, McGladrey personnel, clients, and potential clients gathered to enjoy the camaraderie and a delicious Southern-style buffet. PGA TOUR Professional and Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III and representatives from the Davis Love Foundation were recognized for their contributions to the community and programs benefiting children and families. Also recognized were the Birdies Fore Love office contest winners and all of the offices for their efforts in helping to support children and families in our communities across the nation. This year alone, McGladrey offices demonstrated their true stewardship to the community raising more than $400,000 to assist their local charities.

The McGladrey Classic is not just about golf. It demonstrates McGladrey’s commitment to the firm’s core values of excellence, integrity, respect, teamwork and, in particular, stewardship. The McGladrey Classic has raised almost $2 million for charities such as the Special Olympics and the Boys & Girls Clubs to date. It is an honor to be able to work for an organization so committed to giving back to the community.