Hal Sutton, former Ryder Cup Captain and PGA champion, was the honored guest for the 33rd Annual Golf Classic that supports the programming at the ESCAPE Family Resource Center. Houston Area Network In Action members from The Heights and Energy Corridor hosted the event.
Dozens of golfers and non-golfers sponsored teams, bid on auction items, and shared their golf stories and questions with the long time golf pro. Sutton was quick with responses that centered on being accountable, accepting responsibility, and making the most of your talents. Sutton admitted that his dad, an avid baseball fan, was not too keen on the idea of Hal giving up all other sports for golf.
“He changed his mind when he saw how good I was at the game,” Sutton said.
The ESCAPE Family Resource Center Annual Golf Classic, held on a rainy day inside the bays at Top Golf Katy, was a “great success,” according to Scott Talley, founder of Network In Action and ESCAPE Board member.
“When people realize that they are able to enjoy a fun day with family and friends while supporting an organization that has a mission of preventing child abuse and neglect, it’s very easy sell. I am so proud of all of our 75 plus businesses in Network In Action that gave so generously,” Talley said.
Network In Action is a networking organization that encourages each group to give back to the communities they serve. NIA groups include business owners from all walks of life who gave generously of their time, talents and money to pull off this great event. NIA volunteers solicited and collected auction items, checked in golfers, provided funding for the after-golf dinner and moved the event ahead seamlessly. Over $15,000 was collected during the afternoon event that will go toward supporting the spring programs at ESCAPE Family Resource Center.
“After looking at a number of charities to support the Heights and Energy Corridor groups settled on The Escape Family Resource Center. Throughout the decades, ESCAPE Family Resource Center has provided education to families of all ages in order to promote children’s healthy development free from child maltreatment,” Talley said. As a 501 (C) 3 organization, all funding comes from foundations and public support.
“This event was a success due to the many people who stepped up and volunteered their time and talents,” said Talley. He, his wife Moriah and daughter Danielle were among those who made the day such a success. “We are already looking forward to how we can make this even bigger and more fun next year.”
For more information about ESCAPE Family Resource Center, please visit escapefrc.org.