UNICOM Engineering’s 2015 Golf Classic Continued the Tradition of Coming Together to Give Back
Aug 27, 2015
UNICOM Engineering had the unique privilege of spending a very rainy afternoon with our closest technology partners, colleagues and customers to network and give back to the community. The annual UNICOM Engineering Golf Classic was originally created to thank our partners for their continued support and unrelenting efforts on behalf of our customers but has morphed into something more. Due to the generosity of our sponsors, our annual networking event was able to raise awareness and over $25,000 to support a few of our favorite charities.
On a Very Rainy Tuesday
August 11 to be exact, more than 20 teams representing over 30 technology partners and suppliers ventured out onto the beautiful Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, MA. Although the rain would not allow us to complete our round, everyone was very courteous and enabled us to accelerate the afternoon to focus on the best part of why we were there. Sure we had great food and beverages and the course was gracious enough to give out a slew of vouchers for return play on a nicer day, it was the connection we all made on a human level that was the highlight. Thanks to three very charismatic and passionate speakers we all became a little more aware of some of the issues that exist in our society and how our support helps these organizations to provide much needed services and more important… hope.
Veterans in Need
Brian Reeves from the New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV) shared a goal of ending homelessness for our Nation’s veterans. Founded by veterans for veterans over two decades ago it is the largest shelter in the country providing a safe haven for those that have defended our nation as they now struggle to fight their own personal battles. Brian shed new light on the face of homelessness in America revealing that many veterans, both male and female, find themselves on hard times and specifically in an age range that hit home with many in attendance. NECHV through events like these, remind us that these veterans may be down but certainly not forgotten providing much needed hope that enables success, reintegration, meaningful employment and independent living.
Creating the Will to Live
John Trautwein, founder of the Will to Live Foundation, shared his very personal story of loss and hope. Following the tragic death of his 15 year old son to suicide, he found the courage and resolve to open the conversation about teen suicide. To speak about the unthinkable, spread awareness and educate teens and adults alike. Every two hours in America a teenager takes his or her own life. This was happening to families just like mine and everyone else in the audience and they never saw it coming. The Will to Live Foundation does just what it says; providing education and awareness programs that open our eyes and change how we interact and support the teens in our life. And above all, encourages teens to recognize the love and hope that exists in each other—improving their lives and their will to live. To learn more about John’s personal story I highly recommend reading “My Living Will – A Father’s Story of Loss and Hope.”
More Than a Shelter
Kristen Leonard represented Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women, sharing a mission to provide a safe and nurturing environment to help them maintain their dignity as they get the services they need to achieve independence. We heard the tale of how the first women-only shelter came to be in the United States in the early 1970’s to address the need of women so desperate for help that they dressed in men’s clothing just to get a meal. Today Rosie’s Place has evolved into a multi-service agency that works to create answers for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing and education services. While many enter the doors to Rosie’s Place admitting defeat, they are shown compassion and are provided with the message that every woman is a strong and resourceful individual, whose past and present need not be her limits.
UNICOM Engineering was proud to organize the annual Golf Classic and appreciate everyone that was able to attend and support our event.
Our Awesome Sponsors – Thank You!