Founders Classic Golf Outing
By Bruce Dixon
Golfers, whether duffers or experts, will have on- and off-course fun at the 23rd annual Naperville Education Foundation's Founders Classic, scheduled for July 13th at Springbrook Golf Course. Team prizes will be awarded to the top three foursomes in this scramble format event.
The outing is open to parent-teen foursomes, according to event co-chairs Bill Mitchell, NEF Trustee and Dan Bridges, Superintendent of Naperville School District 203. "We encourage parents to bring their high school age students to take part, have fun, and learn about how the Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) raises money to support District 203."
As the 32 foursomes play their way through the course, they'll run into some unique surprises. Remember the golf ball air cannon? This year, there will be a physics teacher on hand to explain how the cannon operates. A "mass putting contest" will have the entire Founders Classic field of golfers putting at the same hole. Get your ball in the hole or within a certain distance, and win a prize. Golfers who venture into the rough may find rewards for searching for that errant ball.
In a Founders Classic tradition, Gerald Subaru will sponsor a new automobile prize awarded to the golfer who gets a hole in one. No one has won an automobile -- yet.
Parent of a District 203 graduate, Mitchell says he began chairing the event four years ago because it supported the district's foundation. "The audience for the golf outing is, by and large, people who are aware of NEF, support it, or have some relationship with District 203 -- as an educator, parent, vendor, business partner, or some other connection."
In fact, the golf outing is only one year younger than the 23-year-old NEF itself. It eventually was named the Founders Classic in honor of the community leaders who gave it life including Ed Channell, John Matsock, Ray Lenart, then-superintendent Don Weber, and Mary Ann and Brand Bobosky.
This year, the evening's steak and chicken dinner, grilled on-site, will be provided by Belgio's Catering and Casey's Foods. Boxed lunches for the golfers will be provided by District 203's food service, Aramark.
Mitchell says there will be tee bag prizes, a raffle and silent auction, and skill awards for the longest drives, longest putts, and closest to the pin. More goodies and on-course surprises will be revealed during play.
All proceeds from the Founders Classic benefit NEF programs including the Annual Grant Awards, Kid Booster Anonymous Fund, Study Skills Academy, Start the Day (formerly Breakfast Program), Math Camp and Trustee Awards.
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The car being given away at that first outing in 1993 was a bright yellow 1982 Cadillac; but there was no hole in one. Ms. Bobosky said she had the impression that no one wanted it anyway, but that she remembers the food and drink were big hits.
(Left-to-right: Brand Bobosky, Ray Lenart, John Matsock and Ed Channell)