We had such a great turnout to the Rhett Sullivan Foundation Golf Tournament and Dinner on September 9th at Cowboys Golf Club. Through our sponsors, donors and attendees we raised $75,000 in proceeds from the event! These funds will be used over the next year to support families facing the tragedy of early child loss, with financial assistance, grief support and other resources.
The success of our inaugural major fundraiser has simply exceeded any possible expectations we may have had. We truly appreciate all of the support we’ve received from our sponsors, volunteers and the community around us. While we initially set out to support our immediate community and counties, we believe these funds will allow Rhett, to spread his wings and touch many other families across the region.
The event received support from over 30 sponsors in the North Texas region, two great silent auctions, a sold-out crowd of 144 golfers in the field and another 50 plus attendees to the post-round dinner. The event was emceed by George Dunham, of DFW’s Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket, and was attended by local celebrity guests Craig Ludwig and Tony Casillas, former players of the Dallas Stars and Dallas Cowboys, respectively. Highlights of the event included a Ballistics Golf Long Drive contest, where golfers could launch their drive from a modified rifle over 400 yards, and a “Beat Rhett’s Dad” closest to the pin contest on the Par 3 third hole.
For the dinner portion we were joined at the event by three other local families who have experienced infant child loss, as well, honoring those families and memorializing their babies with a special video tribute explaining the difficulties of such tragedy, and how the foundation can help. Each table at the event memorialized a baby who was lost too soon, with their names and stories framed within each centerpiece.
We’re so proud of the impact this foundation has had on our community, and the impact Rhett continues to have in our lives. It was very humbling to see all the golfers, sponsors and attendees show up and support such a worthy cause that is so close to us.
1st Place – Greg Dusckas, Tony Casillas, Huck McNeill, Brian Ricketts
2nd Place – Alan Ritchie, Stephen Humphrey, Paul Higgins, Corbett Nichter
3rd Place – Shane LeClair, Craig Ludwig, Tyler Chase, Jett Ashley