43rd Annual Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf & Gala raises more than $750,000 for Barrow and St. Joseph’s
They did it again! The Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf & Gala committee took a great fundraising event—to support Barrow Neurological Institute and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center—and made it even greater, proving that whisky, wine and cheese are not the only things that get better with age.
This year’s kick-off gala was hosted at a new venue for the event, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, offering more room for the expanding guest list. It was a night of feather boas, pearls, fedoras and fun—Roaring ’20s style. Guests enjoyed cocktails while mingling in an elegant courtyard setting, stepping into the photo booth for fun mugshots with friends and oohing and aahing over beautifully restored vintage automobiles. The evening culminated with a sumptuous dinner and presentation emceed by Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall, capped off by a live auction and the Take 5 after-party.
Day two lured hundreds of golfers to McCormick Ranch Golf Club for the much-anticipated tournament, played on a couple of the most beautiful courses in the Valley. Golfers were treated to a beautiful sunny day and several exciting tournament novelties, courtesy of the creative organizing committee.
Just before the shotgun start, the Penguin Air Newschopper, with Valley traffic reporter Bruce Haffner at the controls, hovered overhead for a golf-ball drop raffle, in which one lucky winner earned a $2,000 cash prize. Players were also invited to try out the golf-ball cannon, a point-and-shoot gun designed to launch a ball 300-400 yards.
Throughout the day, spirits were high, and so was the heat, but the committee had planned for cool treats on the course, including an ice cream stand and remote margarita station. Just before dusk, the last players turned in their score cards and settled in for the awards dinner, hosted annually by superstar committee member Roger Maxwell (see below). Roger served as co-chair of the committee this year along with Dan Grubb. Dan is the son of Lou and Evelyn Grubb, who are memorialized every spring through this beloved event—now 43 years old and stronger than ever.
And the award goes to … Roger Maxwell!
The second annual Lou and Evelyn Grubb Spirit Award was presented to Roger Maxwell for his philanthropic spirit and enduring commitment to helping others. He was honored with a standing ovation during opening night of the 43rd annual Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf & Gala, as he accepted the award from his fellow co-chair, Dan Grubb.
Roger became involved with the tournament at the grassroots level in the 1970s, not long after he was befriended by founding organizer Lou Grubb. The two were drawn together by a shared passion for golf and a propensity for charitable giving. Their friendship lasted for decades, until Lou’s passing in 2012.