This seventh week started out in an exciting flurry at the Ronald McDonald House Charities 25th Annual Joe Mortellaro Golf Classic. This charity golf outing, which is annually put on by the Ronald McDonald House, is the biggest golf outing in all of Ohio. With a total of four different golf courses and an expected 400 golfers, the event on June 17th was one of the biggest and most successful fundraisers that I have ever been a part of! The golf courses that were featured at this years outing included Scioto Reserve, Tartan Fields, Wedgewood and the Country Club at Muirfield. Following an afternoon filled with golf, a banquet at Scioto Reserve featured live music, dinner, silent auction and desserts. The Honorary Chair of the event this year was OSU Coach Thad Matta, who later spoke at the reception along with OSU Coach Urban Meyer.
My first role at the outing started early in the morning, where I sat at a registration table with fellow interns and volunteers to welcome the golfers to Scioto Reserve Country Club. Even though that morning was a little dreary and rainy, I had a great time checking in some notable and influential people from Central Ohio. Numerous McDonald’s operators, famous athletes and businessman waded through the weather to come to Powell, OH.
This role lasted until around 11:00 AM, upon which my fellow intern Jillian and I drove a golf cart out to hole 13. This new role was a mini-fundraising event called “Clowning Around”. The whole purpose of this mini fundraiser was to have the golfers pay $10.00 per person or $25.00 per foursome to put on a clown wig and nose. If they did all of these things then they could move up one tee. This was particularly important as hole 13 had a par 5. Only two foursomes didn’t support the house in this way, so I feel that Jillian and I succeeded in working this station. I can also say that we had an absolute BLAST clowning around with the golfers! The only downside of this station was hanging out in the sun without sunscreen (which I forgot) for four hours. I only got slightly sunburnt so it was a nice change from sitting at my desk for hours at end.
The final part of my day at Scioto Reserve consisted of working the banquet event. This final part of the golf outing featured a fantastic live band, delicious food and a delightfully open bar. I wouldn’t really call this part of the evening ‘work’ as I was able to mingle with co-workers and golfers while eating some scrumptious food. My favorite dish was definitely the pan-seared scallops that were served with Cajun Southern grits. The dessert bar near the end of the night was also exquisite with fudgy brownies and slightly tangy lemon bars. Soon after the closing remarks, I helped to clean up the entire event by packing the McVan with boxes upon boxes. Overall, I can say that I had a great time helping out at the 25th Annual Joe Mortellaro Golf Classic! I know that from a fundraising standpoint the event was a success and I believe that it was also successfully enjoyable for everyone who participated. I only hope that when I get a job at a non-profit organization, that I can be a part of or help to put on an event just as successful as this one!