If you have ever played golf, two terms you want to avoid are “whiff” which means you totally missed the ball or “duff” which is a very bad shot. Pandemic is a term that is even worse. So when Community Options had to postpone their annual golf tournament at TPC Jasna Polana, Community Options Enterprises Chairman Phil Lian decided to have a golf tournament avoiding all of these negative terms.
Lian also wanted to have a tournament with no green fees, no costly dinner, no club costs, no missed balls and most importantly, no chance of a virus spread. How could he have a golf tournament that promoted perfect social distancing? How could he have a golf tournament without face coverings or even a bad score?
Phil Lian, with help from his wife, Joan Muller, sponsored a new golf tournament, “Phil and Joan’s No Golf Classic.” They challenged Community Options’ board, volunteers, and local vendors to a no golf tournament pledging to match 50% of every dollar raised during the month of June.
“Phil and Joan wanted all proceeds to go to augment the pay of our front line workers,” said Robert Stack, Community Options President and CEO. “They wanted to recognize our dedicated direct care staff for showing tremendous bravery throughout this pandemic.”
They set a goal of raising $150,000 to support Community Options’ direct care staff. On the last day of June, Community Options surpassed the goal and the Phil and Joan No Golf Event raised a total of $156,271.50.
About Community Options, Inc.:
For over 30 years, Community Options has developed housing and employment supports for people with disabilities – serving thousands of people through over 40 offices across 10 states. Community Options provides advocacy assistance to empower people with disabilities because all people – regardless of ability level – should live and work in the community with dignity, choice and self-determination. For more information please visit our website: www.comop.org and to follow along with the #AllItTakes campaign, search #AllItTakes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.