That's a Wrap on the 2023 Nickel Open Golf Tournament & Banquet!
We wrapped up our 6th Annual Event as planned despite weather that threatened to throw a rainy wrench into our plans! The rain stopped just before the 1:00 PM Shotgun Start, so we proceeded as planned. This year, Mark Parrish from the Parrish Family Fund (PFF), ex-Wild player and Bally's Sports Announcer, took a golf shot for everyone on a Par 3 hole which was fun for all! Later in the afternoon, thunderstorms moved in around 4:30 PM, cutting golf short by 3-holes, but most everyone was happy to be inside, dry and comfortable. During golf, we held a Wine Tasting Event for guests not golfing which was hosted by California's Rodney Strong Winery and their Sommelier, Justin Seidenfeld. It was a huge success thanks in part to our event coordinator, Tracy Behr! The dinner and banquet started a little earlier than planned due to the rain and featured an Australian-themed buffet of ribs and shrimp on the barbi, Shepard's Pie and more!
After golf awards for our 2 divisions plus several hole prizes, we began our program by sharing what the NOF has been doing in the area schools with Green Out Events during May sports events, along with local scholarships to Jordan Dollars for Scholars program. Also new this year, the NOF has partnered with the PFF to bring mental health beds to emergency rooms. A short, pre-recorded testimonial by Amanda Hunstad was played sharing her side of Nick's story and also describing the good these events have done for the past 6-years. You can view the video here: https://vimeo.com/838011775/1b67d129a4?share=copy
Following that were updates from Jordan School District reps, Dave's Compass of Hope, PFF, NAMI-MN and special guest speaker, Eddy Eisenberg from NAMI-Chicago. After the speaking portion of the event, auctioneer Dave will began a very lively and entertaining Live Auction! The event concluded with The High C's band back on stage for the final set and wind down.
New this year was the First Annual Crystal Elephant Award that went to a person who has shown dedication and passion to the NOF mission. Amanda Hunstad was the recipient of this award for her ability and dedication to run NOF events like the Soulshine Bag Tournaments and helping coordinate all of the Green Out Events in the Jordan Public Schools.
This year's event hosted a full house of 278 guests and yielding fundraising of $45k+, as much or more than ever before!
The team of Bolton & Menk - Luke Wheeler, Mike Waltman, Tom Nikunen & Scott Haas took first place in the Men's Only Division.
The team of Joe Menke, Calvin Menke, James Menke & Triana Thong took first place int he Mixed Division.
Prizes also went to the 2nd, 6th, 14th and 19th place teams.
Congratulations to all players and thank you all for attending out 6th Annual NOF Golf Event!