LGDA Golf Outing Continues to Grow Support

BROWN DEER, Wis. (September 6, 2014) – Intros are starting to be kept to a minimum. Now, it’s more like, “Great to see you again! How have you been?”

Many of the regulars and their friends and family returned to the fourth annual LGDA Golf Outing this year. And while the LGDA’s major fundraiser added another $10,000 and is now nearly at $100,000 in net funds going straight to the LGDA, that’s just part of the story.

The annual golf outing and dinner held in Southeast Wisconsin has connected some of Jana’s “warriors” who would have never met before, creating lifelong support networks and friendships.

“Four years ago, I never would have dreamed we would have come so far. This is such a tribute to our sponsors, warriors, and volunteers, many of whom have become our friends,” said LGDA Chairman of the Board and Golf Outing Co-Chair Scot Wiesner, a warrior himself.

Once acquaintances meeting for the first time, many are now much more.

“It’s touching to see so many people continue to come together for our common cause, and it’s gratifying to get to know them,” Wiesner said. “Though some we may only see once a year, our friendships have grown into meaningful relationships.”
Newcomers are welcomed into the family with open arms, and this year the event’s attendance increased to include nine families of warriors, of which seven warriors were in attendance, a record only surpassed by the LGDA’s patient conference in Dallas in June. That’s where some outing attendees met for the first time, despite living a couple of hours away from each other in other parts of the country.

“So many people tell us the outing and dinner is such a family atmosphere,”  Wiesner said. “Our family just keeps growing.”

This year’s outing again was held at Brown Deer Park, the course where Tiger Woods started his PGA career, and the late LGDA founder Jana Sheets sent rays of sunshine and perfect temperatures of approval. The dinner, held at the nearby Four Points Sheraton, exuded class and dignity befitting of an organization on the rise.

LGDA President Jack Kelly provided an inspirational message of hope and success as more research is being done now than ever before on the two diseases, and the LGDA is growing in notoriety across the medical field and rare disease community. A moving video from Alphie Milne, a child warrior in Scotland, served as a reminder of why we continue to search for a cure. The 2014 LGDA Golf Outing sponsors included: Scott and Sandy Goldfarb and their new company Privacee, WTWH Media, Corporate Jet Support, National Insurance, Tim Hester and Alvin Wiesner. Thank you everyone for all of your support.

Photos for slide show courtesy of John Ehlke, photographer.