More than 120 golfers came out swinging for The Village for Families & Children’s 12th Annual Foursomes for Fatherhood Golf Classic at TPC River Highlands in June, which raised $110,000 to support Village programs that are crucial for fathers who are working to reunite with their children.
Since 2010, the golf tournament has raised $1 million to support The Village’s Fatherhood Engagement Services (FES) program, which helps fathers strengthen their parenting bonds, support their children and be a powerful presence in their lives. When referred to the program, fathers gain access to a support network comprising Village staff and other fathers with whom they build community and connect over shared experiences.
“For years this tournament has been instrumental in supporting our services that ignite the power of fatherhood,” said Village President & CEO Galo Rodriguez. “This program provides crucial support to fathers and strengthens families, which then helps strengthen our community. We are so grateful to all who came out to support our tournament, which will transform lives and help families thrive.”
Following the tournament, golfers came together for dinner and remarks from Village President and CEO Galo Rodriguez, Village Board Member and Golf Committee Chair Brian Reilly, Village Fatherhood Engagement Services Supervisor Don Crocker, and Norman, a father and Village client who shared how the FES program helped his family.
“Where I’m at now is nothing compared to where I was before. Before I was just the shell of a man. Now, I’m a father. I’m a man who’s going to take care of another human being,” Norman said. “The Village gave me the opportunity to change somebody else’s life besides mine, and that’s my child.”