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Sponsors and Volunteers Key to Tournament Success

Guy at the golf tournament

The atmosphere was nothing short of invigorating as golfers gathered at Norwood Hills Country Club on October 9th. This event, organized to help fund the Special Education Foundation’s mission close to the heart of its namesake, Dan McLaughlin, brought attendees of diverse backgrounds and community involvement under one common umbrella – to support students with disabilities in St. Louis County.

One of our returning sponsors, Lindenwood University, joined us not only for golf but participated in the Happy Hour Buffet and Live Auction as well. Orrie Covert of Lindenwood became familiar with SEF through Dan McLaughlin’s efforts speaking on behalf of our foundation over the decades. 

Orrie states, “This was my second year participating in the golf tournament. It was great to see such a large group of golfers and guests at the dinner supporting such a wonderful cause!”

Lindenwood also generously donated a Kansas City Chiefs Home Game package to our Live Auction, which quickly became a favorite of the evening!

Not only did our golfers enjoy their time at the tournament, but our volunteers provided the heartbeat of this remarkable event. These unsung heroes come together to make our tournament a resounding success, and their joy in serving a noble cause is palpable. Many of them return each year to donate their time, and it was evident to see how much they care to make this event a fantastic one for all involved.

Mollie Bolton, a multi-year volunteer and SSD administrator, joined us again at the registration table, greeting our fantastic golfers and setting them up for the day. She says, “I love greeting and talking with the golfers about what we do and how what they are doing supports our students!” She also helped ensure golfers grabbed a delicious lunch from Jersey Mikes on the course as well as helping with the Live Auction as a bid watcher– an exciting but tough task!

The success of this tournament is simply not possible without all involved – from the volunteers to the sponsors, and from the vendors to the supporters. Thank you for all you do for the Special Education Foundation and the students supported by the Special School District of St. Louis County!