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RECAP: The 2015 Baker Holtz Charity Golf Outing

 TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More

Area Businesses Tee-Off to Support a Wonderful Local Cause

Ryan Holtz of Baker Holtz CPAs and Advisors delivering a check to Tom Merchant and Kristyn Sterk of Ele’s Place Grand Rapids.

The weather was warm and bright two weeks ago when twenty-six teams arrived at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Belmont, MI.  Made up of professionals and amateurs alike, these golfers weren’t only enjoying the sunny day – they were also supporting a wonderful cause: Ele’s Place Grand Rapids!

After the success of Baker Holtz’s first Charity Golf Outing last year (despite the gale-force rain!), we knew we wanted to repeat the event.  And when the time came to choose a cause, Ele’s Place was at the front of our minds.  As Ryan Holtz, Managing Partner of Baker Holtz, explains, “We have partnered with Ele’s Place in the past through our Holiday Give program, and we learned of all the fantastic programs they provide on a very limited budget.  This was our opportunity to provide some small support for the great service they offer to grieving families and children.”

The mission of Ele’s Place is simple: “a nonprofit, community based organization dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children, teens, and their families.”  They envision a world where every grieving child in our state has access to compassionate support.  That is an incredibly worthy cause, and our 17 incredible sponsors clearly agree!

Our 2015 Golf Outing Sponsors.

As the day progressed, the teams made their way around the course.  While they were already playing in a scramble competition, they also had options to play additional games along the way – Double or Nothing, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, and Plinko.  Not only were bragging rights and prizes involved, but all the proceeds here went to Ele’s Place as well.  In fact, many winning teams at the Double or Nothing game chose to donate their winnings right back to the charity.   Now that’s a winning strategy!

Melissa Seguin and Bob Sokorai celebrating a good shot while Tom Oakes and Brian Anderson watch.

[Click the image above for more photos from the outing.]


Thanks to the generous support of everyone involved, this event was a huge success.  All told, this Golf Outing raised $7,500 to support Ele’s Place!  It is so important to support causes that make a difference in our community, and we are glad that our friends and partners have helped us with this great local organization!  See you next year!

And thanks “fore” helping us support a great cause – Ele’s Place Grand Rapids!

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