SWC Celebrity Benefit Golf Tournament
Ipswich, MA, September 27, 2004
SWC's first Celebrity Benefit Golf Tournament was a great success! Thanks to all celebrities (see photo at right) and golfers who participated, and the following sponsors and tournament committee:
Alliance Print Group
Beverly Chamber of Commerce
The Boston Bruins Alumni Association
The Boston Celtics
Brattle Square Florist
Celebrities for Charity Foundation, Inc.
Celebrity Marketing Inc.
Consumer Referral Inc.
Darren Ambler and the Eastern Insurance Group
Evan Scott Designs
The FleetCenter Sports Memorabilia
Health Education Services
The Kraft Family and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation
Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs & Carpeting
Larry Richmond and Cocard Merchant Services/Credit Card Processing
Maui Jim Sunglasses
Mr. Bob McDermott
The New York Jets
O'Neil Remodeling & Construction
Old Cold Tatter - Bluegrass Plus Band
Pro Sports Orthpedics
Red Mountain Spa
Salem Plumbing Supply
Waters & Brown
About the Tournament
Join us at the Turner Hill Golf Club www.turnerhill.com to play a highly acclaimed, exclusive course . . . as challenging as it is beautiful -- and benefit SWC. This par-72 championship course was designed by Hurdzan Fry to test the mettle of any golfer, while preserving magnificent hillside vistas and century-old landscaping. Rambling across more than 7,000 yards of mature landscape, Turner Hills scenic fairways culminate in the signature 18th hole, which turns with a dramatic sweep between two reflective ponds to finish at a landmark mansion built in 1903.
Proceeds from this tournament will be used to provide many children with sporting goods and equipment, which will help to form a foundation in the lives of those in need. By volunteering your time to play in this exclusive tournament, you will be improving the lives of many children and helping them gain the self confidence and sheer enjoyment that only sports can provide during their critical childhood years.
About the Event Organizer
James (Jim) O'Neil is both a successful entrepreneur and experienced little league coach from Essex, Massachusetts. In 2002, Jim and two of his four sons participated as volunteers in SWC's "Communities Play" sports equipment distribution program in Mexico. He helped collect new and used sports equipment in the area of his hometown and transported it to Mexico, where he met up with other SWC volunteers from all over the country. There, he and his sons spent 10 days with the SWC volunteer team, working in schools and with local "sports and culture" clubs, distributing the sports equipment to children in need and conducting skills training clinics.
Jim was incredibly inspired by his participation in the "Communities Play" program . . . So inspired, that he is using his own personal resources to organize this golf event for SWC, and will not gain any monetary benefit from proceeds raised. He has also assembled a group of enthusiastic and supportive professionals and volunteers who have jumped on board for the cause, and they are looking to fully establish the Northeast Chapter of SWC sometime after the conclusion of the tournament.
Message from Jim O'Neil:
"I was inspired to become involved with SWC after seeing first hand the remarkable results that their 'Communities Play' programs can produce. After participating in SWCs volunteer program to Mexico in 2002 with two of my sons, I was encouraged by the positive results achieved through SWCs efforts to provide the resources necessary to create a baseball field out of a previously vacant junkyard, and initiate a little league baseball program that currently has more than 500 youth participants. I was especially moved by the childrens enthusiasm, the involvement of the childrens families and parents, and the show of support from the local community businesses and leaders . . . all of which are a direct result of SWC's programs. I also noticed that the youth that have received the benefits of SWCs program in years past became role models and mentors for the younger athletes in these impoverished areas. ALL of this was proof that the efforts put forth by SWC volunteers and sponsors over the years generated overwhelmingly positive results."
- Jim O'Neil
Event organizer Jim O'Neil.