Today’s guest blog update is from by Anthony Boucher and Paul Valente, both of whom are based out of RSM’s Boston office and who are co-leaders of the firm’s Birdies Fore Love program for this year. Read what they had to say about their experience at the 2016 RSM Classic.
It was early November when Paul Valente and Anthony Boucher (collectively “we”) were informed that we were the winners of RSM’s large office competition, which was conducted as part of the firm’s 2016 Birdies Fore Love campaign. This meant we were going to have the opportunity to travel to Sea Island, GA and attend the RSM Classic festivities from Mon., Nov. 14 through Wed., Nov. 16. We won this competition by leading the Birdies Fore Love campaign efforts for RSM’s Boston office, which raised $160,000 for Boston-area charities, as part of the firm’s national support of Birdies Fore Love.
When we arrived at the airport in Savanah, one of the first things we saw was a large section of a wall promoting RSM brand. We knew we were in RSM country! From the second we got off the plane to arriving at the Cloister, RSM was everywhere. It was an incredible experience!
Upon arriving at The Lodge on Monday, we were greeted by fellow RSM colleagues, and enjoyed an evening welcome reception, where Team RSM Member Zach Johnson and our Managing Partner and CEO Joe Adams spoke. Following that, our CFO Doug Opheim emceed an auction of an incredible book, Links to St. Andrews, by Joshua Evenson. The auction raised another $14,400 for the Birdies Fore Love campaign! Amazing! RSM just keeps on giving and embracing through action our core value of Stewardship.
On Tuesday, we walked the grounds of the Seaside and Planation courses at the Sea Island Golf Club, where the 2016 RSM Classic takes place. The beauty of Sea Island and the production that RSM organizes for the tournament is breathtaking. That evening, we were fortunate to have been guests of the Yamaha Pro-Am Draft party at the home of 2016 Team USA Ryder Cup Captain and Team RSM Member Davis Love III! We were even lucky enough to meet Davis and get to take a picture with him and the Ryder Cup – an evening we’ll never forget!
Throughout our stay, we were able to connect our RSM core values with all of the wonderful people who participated, as well as experience The RSM Classic while we were guests of Sea Island. It’s amazing to see the impact RSM has on so many families and children in need, and knowing that what we did in Boston was part of a larger effort that all 9,000 RSM employees across the country can be proud of. We are incredibly grateful to have been able to experience The RSM Classic, and we to someday do it again!