Thank you for supporting Birdies4Brains and taking the time to learn more about who we are and what we do. It means a lot to me, our board, and the individuals and families that benefit from our work and our events.
Birdies4Brains got its start from an obsession (some may call an addiction) to golf shared by a few close friends. A few friends and I would ditch work on the Summer Solstice to play as many holes of golf in a single day taking full advantage of the longest day of the year. In 2011 we had the thought that we could probably combine our passion for golf with fundraising and do good in the community. That was the day that Birdies4Brains was born.
Two years prior my sister Christine nearly passed away after suffering a brain aneurysm. Her experience exposed me to the realities that most face in recovering from a brain injury, especially after the physical wounds of healed but the effects and trauma continue. I knew there was a need for an organization to help others in similar situations as there are often gaps in what’s needed and provided via insurance. My sister’s recovery has been a miracle and most are not as lucky so the work must continue. FOX 9 did a great story about our event in 2013 highlighting my sister’s story.
Our little group of friends skipping work has morphed into three great events all aimed at helping individuals in our community. Our flagship event continues to be our “100 Holes” fundraiser. This requires participants to not only play 100 holes of golf in a day….but also fundraise and cover the expenses involved in reserving the course. It’s one of my favorite days of the year and without question the most impactful. Because most aren’t interested in playing 100 holes of golf in a day we’ve also expanded to include a golf scramble that doubles as a foodie experience as a variety of chef created small plates are throughout the course and in 2020 we’re excited to debut our first ever Birdies4Brains “Un Gala” at ARIA in Minneapolis. It’s an “Un Gala” because there is no tux or gown required, no formal seating, just a great party to do good with live music, drinks and food, a robust live and silent auction, and a few surprises to make it a special and unique experience for those who attend.
In 8 years we’ve grown from an idea amongst friends to making real impact in our community through our three great events. I hope you’ll consider getting involved and helping us do great work and thank you for considering Birdies4Brains, every second and every dollar counts.
See you on the tee box,
Birdies 4 Brains MN Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
January 1, 2020