Learn about the upcoming event that brings together like-minded and passionate people to hit the green “fore” an important cause.
Unfortunately, everyone knows someone affected by breast cancer. That’s why the organizers of Pink Ribbon Classic decided to launch their event.
“Over the years, they have had the faces of those affected by breast cancer in their hearts, so they simply did something about it,” says Sandy Hicks, Pink Ribbon Classic committee member. “We aim to offer a day which is filled with great golf, food and overall love fest celebrating survivorship – remembering those who may have lost the fight as well those left behind to fight on their behalf.”
After working alongside the Rally for the Cure organization for seven years, the Pink Ribbon Classic Committee chose to become independent as an opportunity to generate more revenue for the Komen Foundation. In 2009, The Pink Ribbon Classic was established as a new club sponsored ladies event – attend by men golfers, as well.
The following year, The Heritage board advised the committee that the event must become a private event – club supported but not club sponsored. “This created a new opportunity in some unchartered waters,” says Hicks. “The Pink Ribbon Classic Committee and The Heritage members invested heavily in developing, promoting and supporting the event with an unexpected outcome of being able to donate $35,000.”
As for Hicks, she became involved with The Pink Ribbon Classic when she was invited to be a member of the 2009 planning committee. “I had the privilege of being the chairman for a couple years working with a dream team of committee members, which was responsible for expanding the event and significantly increasing revenue raised each year,” says Hicks. “This event is responsible for raising over $100K for Komen Greater Cincinnati.”
According to Hicks, the event has grown significantly over the years because of the women and their men who have come forward to show their support. “Komen Greater Cincinnati even recognized the ‘jewel’ that this tournament is and has offered the committee access to their resources, which was an unprecedented and very generous gift,” she says.
The Pink Ribbon Classic, a one-day golf tournament benefitting Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati, will take place Monday, June 29 at 12:30 p.m. The event is $200 per player or $800 for a foursome – and $50 for dinner only. The event includes 18 holes of golf, a silent auction, raffles, games, wall of wine, dinner and more. This year’s golf tournament is in memory of Josie Shuler.
As for Hick’s goals for the event, she ultimately wants to introduce people to the resources that they may not be aware of, direct them to the Komen Greater Cincinnati website and educate them about how the organization can help. “We all know that this event has positively affected the direction of awareness, healing, breast cancer research and each person who has been apart of it,” she says. “We hope that the horizon will continue to shine with hope.”
Not only does Hicks encourage people to look around their own communities and see what their hearts are moved by, but she wants them become involved in whatever that may be. “People may want to start and build an event that supports a need,” she says. “Breast cancer touches every life directly or indirectly, however, there are so many causes and needs that abound requiring someone to reach out and help. We all encourage them to take that next step – and they will be so glad they did.”
To learn more about the Pink Ribbon Classic, click here or contact The Heritage Club in Mason at (513) 459-7711.