Ten years ago, I had a very casual conversation about golf outings with a few co-workers. It was mentioned that companies often held their outings on weekdays. For many participants, this meant using an always valuable vacation day. An idea was hatched to host our very own golf outing, and hold it on a Saturday. Ultimately, this idea was the seed planted that has grown into the Make A Change (MAC) Foundation.
That first year, we had under two months to plan the outing with no prior experience in hosting a golf outing. While planning, the decision to raise money for a local charity was made. We managed to gather 12 foursomes made up of family and friends, and raffled off one lonely gift basket. Good times were had by all participants, and we knew it was something we wanted to continue. Rather than being tied to one specific charity, we decided to raise money for a variety of local charities and organizations.
In June 2010, my brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Amy McFarland, were blessed with the birth of their daughter Adelle. Soon after her birth, Adelle was diagnosed with optic-nerve hypoplasia, which results in underdevelopment of the optic nerve and significant visual impairment. Jeff and Amy learned quickly that Adelle would benefit greatly from the incredible services provided by the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI). Anyone who has been fortunate enough to witness Adelle’s incredible achievements over the past few years can attest to CABVI’s effective and life changing services. Although the MAC Foundation continues to raise money for a variety of local charities, a strong bond with CABVI has been formed and they remain a major beneficiary of several events.
Last year’s Givin’ & Groovin’ event was our most successful to date. We had a beautiful day of golf, a great night with music from the Nick Netherton Band and Marlana Van Hoose, and raised over $10,000 for some great organizations. This year’s event is shaping up to be our best yet. We’ve got another great day of golf at Aston Oaks, the Nick Netherton Band is back on-hand for some top-notch entertainment, and another guest appearance by Marlana Van Hoose. Most importantly, we’re ready to raise money and awareness for a great cause! Please join us this year, and help us Make A Change!
2010- First golf outing hosted for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati at Aston Oaks Golf Club. 48 golfers attended the outing.
2011- Golf Outing for Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) and Shriners Hospital raises over $5,000. 80 golfers attended the outing.
2012- Several Charity Happy Hours and Golf Outing for CABVI and Autism Speaks raises over $7,000. 136 golfers attended the outing along with several guests attending the dinner and raffle portion of the evening.
2013- Golf Outing for CABVI raises $7,000. 136 golfers attend the outing along with over 30 additional guests for dinner and raffle portion of the evening.
2014- A record 37 foursomes enjoyed a great day of golf and fun.Despite the threat of inclement weather, evening event attendees enjoyed entertainment by DJ Mitts and Chris Weaver Band, while helping raise over $7,000.
2015- 36 foursomes enjoyed a beautiful day of golf. Evening guests enjoyed a great night with music from 90 Proof Twang, and an unforgettable performance by Marlana Van Hoose. With your help, we were able to donate a total of $8,000 between CABVI and Cancer Family Care.
2016 - Golf was sold out before June, and we had yet another great day of golf! The Nick Netherton Band played to a packed evening event, and Marlana Van Hoose once again wowed the audience. With help from such a fantastic group of people like yourselves, we were able to donate a total of $10,000 to CABVI and Cancer Family Care.
2017 - Word of the golf outing spread fast this year. Our golf outing was sold out in just four days! We were once again blessed with beautiful weather, and the evening event was a great success. New and old friends had a great time listening to the Nick Netherton Band (back by popular demand). We finished the evening by totaling another $10,000 for CABVI and Cancer Family Care.
2018 - You didn't want to wait on registering for the golf outing this year. All 36 spots were sold out in less than two days! To top it off, for the first time we had a sellout for the evening event, too. 300 of our closest friends and family gathered once again to hear the incredible music from the Nick Netherton Band. We also topped our largest donation to date by raising $12,000 for CABVI and Cancer Family Care.
2019 - 10 Year Anniversary!
Craziness ensued on Friday May 3rd when registration for the golf outing sold out in just under two hours! We're hoping to bring in our highest total again this year, and hope you can join us for the fun.