Celebrating 10 Years of Transforming LivesBlog
Golfers had a wonderful day on the links on October 20, 2023 at Wildcat Golf Club with Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. (S&P) helping to raise $191,967 for the Adopt-A-Family program. It was another record-breaking year for the tournament with two courses filled with 240 players all supporting the guests staying at the home.
The day started with a putting contest sponsored by Minyard Sons Services, Inc. where participants took a chance at the “You Hit, You Get” game, hoping to hit a bottle of spirits with their putt. The fun continued with another amazing raffle with prizes valued from $170 to $1,000 with many eager to win. Golfers checked-in with our amazing volunteers and enjoyed breakfast tacos provided by Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center. George Pontikes welcomed the golfers before they hit the links and thanked them for their generous support over the years. The golfers headed out and enjoyed the sunny weather with beverages sponsored by Hart Plumbing and No Label Brewing. A fun place to stop along the course were the cook tents that had delicious bites and fun sponsored by Unify Energy Solutions and Eyesite Surveillance, Inc. Before the day ended, players were able to get a professional team photo taken on the course to remember their game sponsored by Ace Services, Inc.
At the end of the tournament, the golfers returned to the Clubhouse to enjoy a delicious lunch provided by HERC Rentals, and listen to Casey King, Nora’s Home guest, share his transplant journey. King is a loving caregiver to his wife, Lonna, who had a double-lung transplant. He thanked all for their support and talked about his stay at the home for many months while Lonna was recovering in the hospital. He shared that it was truly a home away from home to he and his wife as they relocated from Austin, TX. Nora’s father and Nora’s Home Board Chair, Dr. A. Osama Gaber, also addressed the attendees and expressed his appreciation of their support. Dr. Gaber and Natalie Lencioni, Executive Director, presented S&P with a special commemorative paver that will be placed at the front entry of Nora’s Home.
We add our thanks to our many volunteers for helping with a great day and to all of our sponsors and the teams who came, but especially S&P for the best ten years of Golf Classics. This annual tournament has raised to date $963,967 for the home, affording over 12,853-night stays for transplant families.
1st Place: Autodesk
2nd Place: Team Alpard
3rd Place: Fisher Energy
Highlands Course: Zach George
Lakes Course: Nathan Woodring (male) and Natalie Lencioni (female)
Highlands Course: Zach Purcell
Lakes Course: Steve Simonich