Friday, November 17, 2017

The RSM Classic: Golfing Fore A Cause

Today’s update is from Bailey Kosiek, a talent management senior associate based out of the firm’s Minneapolis office. Bailey had the opportunity to visit Sea Island for The RSM Classic this year, as a result of her national co-leadership role in raising charitable funds through the firm’s Birdies Fore Love initiative. Read Baileys first-hand account about her time at the 2017 RSM Classic below.

To say this week has been incredible would be an understatement! I’ve had the privilege to visit Sea Island with my husband Kevin this year, as a result of my national co-leadership role with Birdies Fore Love, and it’s been nothing short of amazing since the moment we set foot in Georgia!

We arrived Tuesday to sunny skies and beautiful weather. Upon entering the hotel property, we were greeted with RSM everywhere we looked! It was so fun to see the grounds transformed into a whole world of RSM. We knew it was going to be a special night for us, so we toured the property and headed over to Davis and Robin Love’s home for the Yamaha Pro-Am Draw Party. It was at this event where John Davitt (RSM’s national Birdies Fore Love leader) and I had the pleasure of presenting the RSM US Foundation’s Birdies Fore Love check for more than $2 million to the Davis Love Foundation! It was such a humbling experience to have served as a 2017 co-leader, and one that I will never forget. To know the impact this will have on the communities where RSM employees, partners and friends live and work is something that is truly special.

Wednesday was a day full of anticipation of the tournament! John and I were interviewed by Matt Adams from The Golf Channel and Sirius XM Radio on our fundraising efforts around Birdies Fore Love – live on the radio! That was something I’d never done before, and boy was it fun! From there, we were able to walk the courses, watch some of the Pro-Am, and cheer on the Special Olympics and Boys & Girls Club representatives at the charity putting event before the evening reception. At this reception, we got to mingle with clients, friends, and guests before a private performance by Jake Owen! How we made it to the front row is beyond me, but that’s quite a way to watch a live performance!

Our last full day in Sea Island was the opening round of the 2017 RSM Classic. We watched groups tee off in the morning, shopped at the merchandise tent for our RSM Classic gear and got to watch groups wrap up at the 18th green in the RSM Hospitality Chalet. We even had the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes with the Golf Channel to see how the “magic” happens on TV!. I have a new-found appreciation for television production! We concluded the evening with a reception to recognize clients, guests and the work we’ve done for Birdies Fore Love. It was a fun evening!

As we head out today, I have the opportunity to reflect on the week spent in paradise… Not only did I get to witness some fun golf, spoil myself at the spa, and enjoy the sunshine, but I also got to play a small part in transforming the lives of youth in our communities because of the people of RSM’s generosity and commitment to stewardship. I can’t wait to see what we can do next year!

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