Giving Back to Great Causes
A fabulous day of golf kicked off with a great barbeque lunch of burgers and hot dogs at the picturesque gazebo overlooking the chipping green. Prior to the shotgun start, players were treated to an enjoyable talk from Roger Staubach, Vietnam Veteran, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, and founder of one of our charities, Allies in Service. As is common during our event, the tournament connects on a very human level and we were reminded why we were there thanks to three very charismatic and passionate speakers. In addition to Allies in Service, representatives from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County and the Will to Live Foundation opened our eyes and our hearts to a few very worthy causes. Here is a snapshot of what they shared.
Chief Operating Officer, Dan Powers, led the evening ceremonies, sharing the mission designed to provide safety, healing, and justice for children victimized by abuse or neglect in our community. Opening their doors in 1992, the Children's Advocacy Center served only 10 percent of the children in our community victimized by abuse or neglect. The multi-disciplinary approach combined all of the necessary agencies in one building—minimizing the burden on the child to share their story and start again. More than, 5,000 reports of abuse or neglect are made each year and the Children’s Advocacy Center is able to facilitate critical services for those impacted all under one roof. Learn more.
John Trautwein, founder of the Will to Live Foundation, shared his very personal story of loss, hope, and the will to live. Following the tragic death of his 15-year-old son to suicide, he created a foundation dedicated to preventing teen suicide through education about mental health and encouraging teens to recognize the love and hope that exists in each other. On this day, John explained how important it is to check with your loved ones and share the similar struggles of life, helping spread awareness that life’s difficulties don’t have to be dealt with on their own. This message hit home for many in attendance as a reminder to recognize that the young people in our lives face many challenges far different than the generation before them and need support learning how to cope. Learn more.
David Whitley from Allies in Service shared their mission to provide jobs, healthcare, education and appropriate housing to our veterans returning from service. He spoke of men and women that have given of their time and lives, yet often struggle to transition back into civilian life as a veteran. The theme of hope rang through, as well, since many veterans are affected by suicide and need the support and services of their community to gain the optimism and confidence to make their time of change successful. Allies in Service provides mentorship programs and business outreach to help veterans reach their full potential and improve their quality of life. Why is hiring a veteran good business? Veterans have learned through their service the training, work ethic, and skill your organization depends on. Learn more.
Thanks to Our 2018 Sponsors
UNICOM Engineering was proud to organize the annual Golf Classic! We would like to thank our sponsors, vendors, and volunteers for all the hard work and generosity shown today. The success of the golf tournament is always very humbling, and we appreciate the opportunity to be a part of such wonderful causes, to help provide important services, and to have the chance to give back to those in need. We are truly honored to work with fantastic partners who choose to help us support the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin, Will to Live, and Allies in Service. We look forward to continuing to host this event and seeing you all again for another round of golf in 2019.