As much of the country continues to endure what seems like one polar vortex after another, many of us are holding out hope that Punxsutawney Phil does not see his shadow. However, instead of relying on a rodent to bring sunny weather, you should set your sights on the ABC Annual Meeting and Links for Life Golf Tournament in sunny Palm Springs, Calif. this March! Not only will you get out of the cold, but you will have the opportunity to support the Foundation for America’s Blood Centers (FABC) and have a great time golfing at one of the top golf destinations in the world.
This year’s tournament, sponsored by Blood Systems and LifeStream, will take place on Saturday, March 22 at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, Calif., named one of Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses in 2013 and recipient of a 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. With the Institute for Transfusion Medicine again generously sponsoring the attendance of two PGA players, a chance to win a brand new car for a hole in one, and contests for longest drive and closest to the pin (even two mulligans to increase your odds) – this tournament should not be missed.
The event will kick off with a reception on Friday, March 21 at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort to give golfers and sponsors a chance to mingle, network, and get the competitive juices flowing for the tournament. On Saturday, the tournament will start with breakfast and end with lunch and awards.
One blood center executive from each ABC member center is eligible to golf for free, with a special reduced rate for additional blood center employees. Golfers are also encouraged to invite spouses, friends, and family to golf at a discounted rate. For those interested, there are numerous sponsorship opportunities available to support the FABC.
As Kevin Belanger, president and CEO of last year’s host blood center Shepeard Community Blood Center, says, “It’s not your golfing skill that’s important, but rather it’s the chance to build relationships with other executives and the vendors who support us, while raising money for the foundation. The past Links for Life tournaments allowed me to interact with individuals with whom I would not have met in a casual environment. I encourage you to put down the cell phone and tablet, pick up a golf club and support the FABC.”
To register or sponsor, please go to http://bit.ly/L4L_2014.
Jodi Zand, Director of Fund Development, the Foundation for America’s Blood Centers; firstname.lastname@example.org