Thank You, Golfers!

A note from the desk of National Director Erica Heyse:

Dear Golfers,

Thank you for coming out for the big event on October 1st! It was a lovely sunny day and a reprieve from weeks of rain. In other words, perfection. We hope your game was the same. As many of you know, this is the largest fundraiser of the year for us. I’d like to thank each of you for making it possible. With your help, we raised almost $250,000 for the program. It was a record year for us!

First I’d like to thank our Congressional Players, Congressman Gregg Harper, James Comer, Billy Long, and Don Young (and his lovely wife) and all of the Chiefs of Staff for coming out and making our tournament a success. Not only are you making the time, but you are helping us promote the program in your districts. We hope you all had fun for a great cause!

As many of you know, The Congressional Award is a public/private partnership. The Award raises its own operating budget entirely through private sector donations. A special thank you goes out to our lead sponsor AARP, represented by Joyce Rogers and Board Member Beverly Gilyard. We’d also like to recognize our Platinum Sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, represented by Board Member and Development Chair Kathy Didawick and her team, Bayer – Gold Sponsor, represented by Board Member Chris Leahy, and all of our Sponsors:

Alfac, represented by Board Member Brad Knox
Lockheed Martin
Amerisource Bergen
Edward Jones
Bridgestone Firestone
Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America
G2 Secure Staff, represented by Board Member Kim Talley
Celgene, represented by Board Member Pat Gliha
FMC Corporation
Cigar Rights of America
PCMA, represented by Board Member Jonathan Heafitz
United Rentals
Smithfield Foods
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
Johnson & Johnson

We’d like to also recognize our special guest and honoree, Mr. Curtis Martin. Most football fans know about Martin’s accomplishments on the field. The Patriots drafted him in the third round in 1995. He spent three seasons with them, and then spent his final eight years with the Jets. He made five Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro in 2004. His 14,101 rushing yards rank fifth in NFL history. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

But yesterday we all learned that Martin was most remarkable for what he did off the field. Not only did he rise above his environment coming from a rough neighborhood in Pittsburgh, but when he joined the Patriots, he started setting aside a portion of his paychecks to establish the Curtis Martin Job Foundation. It was initially aimed at helping single mothers and has since expanded to support education and housing needs, children’s charities, and people with disabilities. I believe his story will stay with us for a long time to come.

 And last but certainly not least, a big THANK YOU to our Golf Chairman, David Falk, as well as every member of our Board. We thank you so much for your contributions at the event, but also throughout the year. See you all next time!

And finally, here’s a peek at the winners:
First Place: Tony Russo, Laura Linderman, Laura McPherson, and Chris Putala (T-Mobile)
Second Place: Gael Sullivan, Jamie Houton, Mike Rooney, and Congressman Don Young (BNSF Group)
Third Place: Berry Trimble, Dwayne Carson, and Karen Sessions (BCBSA Group)

Men’s Longest Drive: Andrew Callahan
Women’s Longest Drive: Caroline Cash
Men’s Closest to the Pin: Ben Kwon
Women’s Closest to the Pin: Karen Sessions


Erica Wheelan Heyse
National Director