Our campus is proud of all the community causes, events and projects we participate in every year. Events that allow us repeat involvement hold an extra-special place in our heart. One such event is Tee it up for the Troops (TIUFTT) annual golf event. Although it is a national event that has been running since 2005, the local event held at Willow Creek Golf Course, which Minnesota School of Business-Rochester (MSB) has sponsored since 2009, pays special tribute to the great sacrifices our local military service members make.
This year provided a perfect day to remember those sacrifices—and play a little golf. The weather was perfect, and all attendees felt the endearing camaraderie between all golfers, non-military and military alike.
Lynn Clarey, Sterling State Bank business development professional and Tee it up for the Troops chair, considers it an honor to serve.
“I certainly get more in return than I give to planning and executing the event with all the executive committee members,” she said. “We spend four to five months putting all this together before the actual event by collecting donations and lining up sponsors. The work that we put into it does not feel like that. When it all comes together and the event is unfolding before our very eyes, I feel a reward not for the work and dedication but for being able to do my small part of thanking our military.”
The hundreds of raffle prizes donated and sponsorships from countless local businesses, including many that do it year after year, are greatly appreciated.
So how successful was this year’s event?
144 registered golfers participated in the 18-hole fundraiser. The total amount raised from the raffle prizes, golf teams and sponsors was nearly $60,000 this year. Mission accomplished.
A very moving part of the event involves the placing of a wreath for fallen soldiers. Three Gold Star families participated this year by each placing a wreath for a fallen family member who gave the ultimate sacrifice of service. This alone sums up everything about why the event is so important: to give back and never forget.
MSB-Rochester staff had the privilege of participating, and they left with strong feelings of respect.
- “It truly gives me great appreciation for those soldiers and their families that have made the sacrifice for our freedom. Seeing and being part of the event has made my gratitude towards military families even greater than it already was.” –Jeff Mohlke, admissions
- “Having a graduate and her family participate in the wreath ceremony hits home even more. Knowing these families and learning more about the military overall has greatly impacted my life. Our participation in the golf tournament is such a very small way to say thank you.” –Angie Helm, admissions
- “The fellowship and ceremonies help us to remember that this is an ongoing conflict and our forces and their families are still in harm’s way. Ceremonies like Tee it up for the Troops help us all to remember what others are doing to defend our way of life.” –Shan Pollitt, campus director