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Greater Cleveland has many jewels. One is the Cleveland chapter of The First Tee, of which our member, Doris Evans, was on the founding Board of Directors (1999), Vice-President and its first executive director from July 2004 through June 2010, during which time the capital campaign of $ 3.5 million to build the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Life Skills Education Center and complete the golf course was completed. Concomitantly chapter programming was strengthened gaining national recognition and serving as a model for The First Tee Network.

The mission of The First Tee is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing core values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. It is an international organization of more than 170 chapters including ones in Canada and Japan.

Many Fairmounters and friends of Fairmount have been strong supporters of The First Tee of Cleveland. Steve Minter, a founding Director, and Mark Eisele have served on the Board of Directors. They have been joined by many others in the annual golf event to support The First Tee of Cleveland at its golf course and Life Skills Education Center in Newburgh Heights. Pictured (Geoff Barnes, Doris Evans, Margie Heffern, Gordon Landefeld, Ben McKelvey, Kirk Neiswander, Elaine Price, Bryan Seekely, and John Zitzner) are those who were a part of the 9th Benefit on September 10, 2016. In addition, Rob Hilton, Reuben Harris, Steve Minter, Kevin Petru, Pastor Redwine, Mark Eisele, Vanessa Whiting and Sharon Milligan gave financial support.

The learning campus of The First Tee of Cleveland has earned the distinction of being an Audubon International Sanctuary and has maintained this status through the present time. A visit to the website (www.thefirstteecleveland.org) and even better to the campus will make clear why this positive youth education program attracts youth of multiple ethnicities and socioeconomic status from many counties in and around greater Cleveland.

Doris Evans and Bryan Seekely have been the organizers of the annual benefits and either will be happy to discuss The First Tee of Cleveland with you. Your participation in the 10th 2017 Benefit is invited.

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