OK, I need your help…but not until October 9

August 29, 2012 | Drew Forrester

With Labor Day rapidly approaching, it’s time for me to get my butt into gear and organize the annual WNST Charity Golf Outing.

Actually, my butt’s been in gear for a couple of months now, as we’re all set for another great day of golf, fellowship and fun on Tuesday, October 9 at Pine Ridge in Timonium.  We play the traditional “captain’s choice” format.  Start time is 1:00 pm sharp.

I started this event eight years ago in an attempt to provide a LOCAL charity with a donation from WNST supporters, listeners and friends.  My only qualifier with regard to the designated charity was, then, and always will be, one thing:  the money must go to someone doing business in the Baltimore area.  With no disrespect at all to the “national charities”, I felt strongly that a Baltimore sports station should be putting its efforts into helping “something Baltimore”.

Over the years, we’ve raised nearly $100,000 for groups such as The Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, the Erinn McCarthy Scholarship Fund at Maryvale Prep, The Casey Cares Foundation, The Fuel Fund of Maryland and last year’s charity designee, the Believe in Tomorrow Foundation.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the people involved with the various charities we’ve worked with and I make it a point every year to adopt a new charity for the golf outing.

Of course, without golfers and sponsors, there wouldn’t be a tournament and no monies would be donated to these worthwhile causes.  So anytime I say or write “we” when discussing the golf outing, the “we” is all of us, especially those who play in the event and devote the time and money to the event.

This year, “we” have a special new charity to support and I’m quite certain you’ll be excited to hear about it.

One of the things I’ve always stressed in my on-air duties at WNST is the dedication to the community that I believe athletes who make their living playing in Baltimore should have…whether that’s living here full time, establishing some sort of organization that does work in Baltimore or settling here when their career is finished.  Going back to my days with the Blast, I can remember nearly every player living here year around and many who came here from other places wound up staying when their playing days came to an end.  Guys like Keith Van Eron, Scott Manning and Billy Ronson came to Baltimore from other cities and never left.  All three, in fact, still contribute to the community to this very day, whether it’s via the sport of soccer or some other local project they’re involved in.

I’m proud to pass on to you that this year’s charity recipient for the WNST Charity Golf Outing will be Matt Birk’s “HIKE Foundation”, a terrific educational organization that was started by Matt in Minnesota and continued here in Baltimore when he joined the Ravens four years ago.

As you will see on the HIKE website – right here – Matt has done outstanding work in Baltimore and continues to impact our educational system with his time, energy and resources.

Anytime we can team up with a local athlete who is giving back to Baltimore, I’m 100% behind it.  I hope you are, too.

Here are the details for this year’s event.

First, and most importantly, we limit the field size at our event.  Unlike some charity outings who stuff 36 teams out there over 18 holes and then labor through a 6-hour round of golf, we take only 22 teams and your round on October 9 will conclude in no more than four and a half hours.

As of this writing, 12 teams are “on the books” for the October 9, leaving us with 10 foursomes to sell before the field is filled.  I hope you and your golfing friends will take one of those foursomes.

For the 5th consecutive year, we have not raised the price of the event.  Once again, foursomes are available for $600 — or $150 per-player.

For that $150, you will receive the following:

> A personal meet-and-greet photo opportunity with Matt Birk at 12:15, prior to teeing off for the event.  At the conclusion of the awards dinner Tuesday night, you will receive that photo of you and Matt, framed, along with a photo of your foursome from the golf outing.

>  A goody bag with plenty of treats, freebies and coupons from WNST sponsors.  The bag alone is generally filled with at least $25 worth of free coffee from Royal Farms!

>  The chance to win a brand new Ford Mustang, courtesy of Koons Ford of Security Boulevard.

>  A putting contest that will provide the winning team with FREE golf!

>  An awards dinner, complete with food, beer, refreshments and a Q and A session with Matt Birk.

>  Prizes to teams in both the gross and net category.

Sponsors are also needed for the event.  Not only will you receive on-site publicity, but I’ll be sure to give your business plenty of mentions and promotional love on the air during The Morning Reaction and here at WNST.net.

To register your team, you MUST e-mail me directly and let me know you have a foursome.

You can reach me at:  drew@wnst.net

I will respond with a confirmation e-mail and give you additional information at that time.

I hope you can join us for a great day of fun on Tuesday, October 9 at Pine Ridge.  You’ll get your money’s worth, for certain, and you’ll be supporting one of Baltimore’s outstanding athletes, Ravens center Matt Birk.

Please take a minute to check out the HIKE website (here it is, again) to see the great work Matt is doing in our community.

Email me (drew@wnst.net) with any questions or to register your foursome.