Golf Classic – Change the Life of a Child – Fun and Philanthropy
The Robinson School Scholarship Fund Golf Classic is one of the ways Robinson achieves great things by uniting community and action. The Robinson School Scholarship Fund reflects our mission to support students in need with scholarships or financial aid. We strongly believe that the diversity of our student body benefits all of our students by preparing them to learn from people with different backgrounds and experiences. The 1st Robinson Golf Classic was held in 2012 during Robinson’s 110th Anniversary. Since then, it has become an annual favorite of the entire community: students, parents, friends, and family.
All proceeds go directly to the Scholarship Fund, which affords deserving students the opportunity to receive a Robinson education. The tournament has become a tradition that makes us all proud. Every year it has grown into a bigger and better event: more participation, more money raised, and more fun. Last year, the tournament raised $18,000 for our Scholarship Fund! This year, the 4th Golf Classic continues to expand and hopes to raise twice as much!
Players meet-and-greet and register between 7:30-8:30am. After receiving their wristbands, players receive their Raffle tickets and goodie bags full of souvenirs from corporate sponsors. Each player receives a boxed breakfast at the Clubhouse with coffee, juice, sandwiches and cookies to start the day off right. Teams are organized in Four-Person Scrambles, which focus on the foursome as a whole. No individual scores are recorded in a scramble. However, all four players can contribute valuable shots to the group effort on every hole. Scrambles encourage players of all abilities to play together and, because they tend to be more social, the teams have fun deciding strategy and how to best use their players to beat the other foursomes.
At 8:30am all the teams line up in their golf carts and Dan Hildebrand, our Head of School, and Ramón Vega, our Board of Trustees Golf Chair, welcome them to the tournament. When the Golf Pro calls the shotgun start, all teams head to their respective holes and start their game. To ensure our players’ health and hydration, there is an Oasis station with refreshments at the 1st hole and every 4 holes after that. The course also has two food stations that celebrates traditional Puerto Rican cuisine—one with a whole lechón and one with frituras, including chicharrones de pollo (fried chicken), empanadillas and other fried goodies. A friendly spirit of healthy competition marks this event as members and friends of the Robinson community catch up, connect, and network on the green.
When the game ends at around 3pm, all the players gather back at the Clubhouse for the Luncheon, where they continue socializing over delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunch options. A small ceremony begins to thank all participants. Last year, Karol Oviedo, one of our most successful Scholarship recipients, spoke about how a Robinson Scholarship changed the course of her life. This year, she’ll give us a video update from Emory University, where she is currently in her first year of studies. Our Board President, Carl Kortum, and Dan Hildebrand wrap up the luncheon by thanking all of the players and participants for their commitment to Robinson and its Scholarship Fund.
After presenting our corporate sponsors with plaques of recognition, we begin the first half of the Raffle. Current scholarship recipients will be helping us present the prizes, so participants can meet and see exactly who is benefitting from their support. The Raffle includes great prizes—complementary hotel stays and dinners at local restaurants and resorts. There is something for everyone, and this year we will have new and exciting prizes!
A fun and boisterous awards ceremony follows with trophies presented for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Awards are also given for “Longest Drive,” “Straightest Drive,” “Closest to the Pin,” and “Best Group Attire.” Players have learned to stay until the end because the Raffle continues after the trophies are presented, and no one wants to miss out on the prizes.
We would like to invite our alumni living both on and off the island to join us for this event. This year’s Tournament will take place on Saturday, November 7, at the Wyndham Grand-Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Rio Grande. Join us to change the lives of the students who need your support the most! Please contact Rebecca Sumner at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anya Belaval at email@example.com for more information about how to join the fun as a player and take advantage of special hotel rates.
Thanks to this event, some of our best and brightest students have the opportunity to receive a Robinson education, and it’s all because of your ongoing support!