GCSAA Formalizes Support for the Wee One Foundation.
Lemont, Il (October 11, 2017)
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has helped the Wee One Foundation for many years and has recently formalized their support for the Wee One Foundation.
The Wee One Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises funds and gives aid to those in the golf course industry who face overwhelming expenses due to medical hardship. The Foundation was formed shortly after it helped certified golf course superintendent and GCSAA member Wayne Otto during his illness with cancer. Otto succumbed to the disease but his memory is honored through the use of his nickname “Wee One”. The Foundation continues to grow and help those who suffer from illness without adequate financial resources.
Since its inception in 2004 the Wee One Foundation has gifted over $1,000,000 in aid to more than 100 families across the United States. The Foundation generates its funds through membership, golf events, corporate sponsorship, and individual gifts. The Wee One board of directors is excited for the assistance GCSAA is giving the Wee One Foundation and looks forward to a stronger and lasting partnership.
“GCSAA and Wee One Foundation have similar missions to help and serve those in the golf course industry. It makes sense that the two would become partners when benevolence is a concern for those in need,” said Wee One Foundation executive director Luke Cella. “Utilizing each other’s strengths and resources, GCSAA and Wee One Foundation look forward to helping more and more in our golf community.”
“GCSAA is proud to be able to use our resources to help promote and grow the important work of the Wee One Foundation,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. “Those it helps are often our own members, and we hope our work with Wee One can bring greater awareness to the cause and raise additional funds for families in need.”
As part of the agreement, GCSAA will make a donation to Wee One, provide booth space for the foundation at the annual Golf Industry Show, and promote Wee One’s cause and events through various traditional and social media channels. GCSAA’s immediate past president will serve on the Wee One Benevolence Committee each year.