Saturday, August 7, 2010

I need your help

Okay, let me start this off by saying I'm nervous to write this. I think of plans,crafts or activities all the time, but never follow through with it. I'm afraid that I post this idea, not follow through and people will be disappointed. Maybe I'll post it and people will give me tips to start this project. We shall see...

So here goes. I've had this desire to make a significant donation to the NICU at my hospital.  I've made small donations of clothes, cameras and I have some scrap book supplies to give them, but I want something more. I want to give back to the place that gave me a chance to meet Aidan and to create so many memories with him.

I've been trying to think of ways of doing a fundraiser. As I was driving past the cemetery a couple of weeks ago I saw a billboard for a fallen police officers. They were holding a golf tournament to raise money for a charity in his name. Then I remembered a friend of mine who lost her brother a few years ago and they have an annual golf tournament in his name as well. ::lightbulb:: I know a bunch of golfers. Well I know my dad who loves to golf and goes with a group of guys. I know that we will have a good turn out.  However, I have no idea where to begin.  I don't know what to ask the golf course or what exactly it all will happen. 

So here's where I need your help. Does anyone have any good tips for starting something like this?   Or have any stories of a golf tournament that you've been a part of?  I'm looking at the fall of 2011 or 2012 and I would like to make it an annual event. I would change the charity to March for Babies, but that will be after the donation to the NICU.

I hope this isn't another thing that gets pushed to the side and forgotten about, but with me it is a possibility. I mean I still have Aidan's baby book sitting on the tv stand with not a single page filled out. So we shall see what if anything comes out of this.

I love you Aidan Christopher!


  1. i honestly have no idea where to start but i do believe that does one every year in her son jack's name. So maybe you could stop by there and ask her. Sorry i can't help more.

  2. I would maybe contact a golf course and ask to talk to the manager. Explain what you want to do and I CANT imagine that they would say no. Be honest and say you have no idea where to start and im sure they will help you! This is a great idea!

  3. Hey Maggie! That's such a great idea.

    Have you ever read Stacy Delisle's blog? Her son Isaac was stillborn and they do a golf tournament every year in her name.

    The website for their golf tournament is

    Her e-mail address is in the sidebar of her blog. I have e-mailed back and forth with her a few times, I bet if you e-mailed her and asked her whatever questions you have about getting started she would definitely help you out!

  4. Maggie - let's go to lunch soon. The summer after my dad died we (me, mom, sister, brother) threw a golf tournament for the Sarcoidosis Foundation. We ended up with 100 golfers, hole sponsors, stuff for a silent auction, prizes, a dinner at the end .... and after our costs came out raised $16,000 to donate! We only did it that one year and it was 5 years ago, but I'd love to help you brainstorm and give any advice on how we did it! (And volunteer at it too!)

    Laura :)

  5. I put you in touch with a lady from my Church who is organizing a golf tourny as we speak. Another idea...get in touch with the place where we had your reception. I bet they'd be happy to help. If you need help, just holler.


  6. I'm LWilli35 from TB Preemies, and I was just checking out your blog as I do on occasion. I have a friend who does a preemie golf tourney every year, and I'd like to put you in touch with her. She's a huge support and was through our journey with Bobby. Please email me at