Like the elusive hole-in-one, the names St. Andrews, Royal Dornoch and Turnberry have a place in the not-so-secret daydreams of most serious golfers. And even if you just enjoy a casual putterin’ around the green, winning a trip to some of Scotland’s most famous golf courses would be a treat.
One lucky golfer at this year’s St. Louis Arc Golf Tournament will end a fabulous day with that fabulous prize. The tournament, now in its 21st year, takes place May 23 at The Country Club of St. Albans. The highlight of the Scottish-themed event is a drawing for a golfer’s getaway for two to Scotland.
“This is our biggest fund raiser of the year,” says John Taylor, VP of advancement for St. Louis Arc. “Last year we raised $240,000 to help fund programs for people with developmental disabilities and their families.” Taylor credits the tireless efforts of the event’s co-chairs for their support. “The tournament’s success is a direct result of the long-term commitment of co-chairs Irl Engelhardt, Ron Kruszewski, Joe Imbs and Michael Neidorff. They have elevated this event into one of the top charity tournaments in the St. Louis area. All of these gentlemen have extraordinarily busy schedules, so the fact that they continue to make this commitment to the Arc is a huge boost for us.” This year, Taylor adds, St. Louis Rams executive VP Kevin Demoff will join the team as a fifth co-chair.
Organized by a small group of local families in 1950, St. Louis Arc is the region’s most comprehensive provider of services to people with Down syndrome, autism and other developmental disabilities, providing a wide range of services designed to help support a person throughout their life. From early childhood programs and recreation activities to vocational training and residential assistance, the Arc can help, with services designed to make a meaningful difference. “We are proud to serve more than 3,000 people every year,” Taylor says. “And although we have grown tremendously over the past 60-plus years, we still emphasize the family-focused approach and attention we’ve had since the very beginning.”
The Arc recently launched a $5 million capital campaign to provide funding for the organization’s comprehensive services and programs. Two longtime supporters, Sue Engelhardt and Michael Neidorff, are co-chairing the campaign, which will raise funds for the new Arc Family Center and for the organization’s endowment fund. “Sue and Michael recognize the important role the Arc plays in helping families piece together a system of support for their children,” Taylor says. “We are grateful to them for stepping forward as we seek the community’s investment in our vision for the future.”
With today’s economic realities and dwindling government resources, community investment is more critical than ever. “These are challenging times for families of people with disabilities in our community. With the limitations in government-funded services, parents are turning to the Arc for low-cost, high-impact programs to help them keep their loved ones at home.”
Helping the community and maybe winning a trip across the Pond. Could this be even better than a hole-in-one? LN
On the Cover: The 21st annual St. Louis Arc golf tournament is May 23 at the Country Club of St. Albans. The Scottish-themed tournament includes a drawing for a golfer’s getaway for two to Scotland, and a silent auction featuring autographed sports memorabilia. For more information, call Carolyn McCarthy at 817-2241 or visit slarc.org.
Cover Photo by Carolyn McCarthy. Cover design by Erica Fisher