Yesterday was the 10th Annual Tim Klotz Memorial Golf Outing. Tim was my dad and he passed away while running on a beach 10 years ago -- at the age of 49. It was quite sudden as he had been healthy and athletic all his life. It was devastating for my mom, three sisters and I, as well as all of his friends and family.
And we could have chosen to become victims, feel sorry for ourselves, or simply tried to move on, but my mom isn't that type of person. And my dad had a lot of friends.
As my dad was an avid golfer -- often skipping work to play a round -- it was only fitting that everyone get together for a day of golf. Well, it has turned into much more than golf. Each year we raise quite a bit of money for local charities. In fact, we've raised well over $100,000 in the past 9 years. And yesterday was a good day. Despite the recession, despite the fact that my dad was in the mortgage industry, as were many of his friends, they all came together to support the foundation in his name and once again, we will be able to present much needed money to local charities who help mostly women and children -- many victims of abuse and assault -- and to fund mentoring programs in our local community.
It's a lot of work, and quite emotional, but it is rewarding and I'm glad that I have this kind of family and these kinds of friends in my life.