Deerfield Beach, FL – May 1, 2015 – The combination of good weather, a great turnout and exciting action resulted in a successful golf tournament last week for Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF). This was the organization’s fourth tournament, held for the second time at The Revere Golf Club in Henderson, NV, just south of Las Vegas. The event has preceded the annual WQA Aquatech show each of the last four years, generating donations and publicity for WWIF and its worldwide mission of providing clean drinking water for developing areas.
All nine of the event’s major sponsorships were filled by companies that are well acquainted with WQA and WWIF. At the top of that list was Seattle-based HaloSource Inc., which stepped up as Tournament Sponsor for the second straight year. A special thanks goes to CEO Martin Coles and CFO James Thompson for their generous partnership with WWIF.
The Foundation would also like to thank James Good of Good Water Warehouse and Michael Baird of TST Water for being Beverage Sponsors. The Box Lunch Sponsorships of Brent Simmons at Omnipure and Shawn Talley at Pentair are also greatly appreciated. Brian Good of BDG International not only sponsored the 1st Place Award, he also won it! His team consisted of Bill Hanson, Pat Dalee and Rob Anderson. The 2nd Place Award was sponsored by Steve Ver Strat of Amway and won by Kurt Peterson’s team (Brent Simmons, Mike Conte and James Good). The final results were not without controversy, however. Upon a recount of the score cards by the team members, it was determined that the Peterson team actually had the better score and should have been declared 1st place winners. No awards were exchanged to correct the mistake, but the taunts and bragging quickly adjusted to the correct results.
The 3rd Place Award was sponsored by Freddy Vidal of QMP and won by Shawn Talley’s team (Dave Milner, Doug Haring and Mike Vondran). The Closest-To-The-Pin Award, sponsored by Guillermo Guzman of H2O International, went to Buzz Goldstein of Charger Water. The Longest Drive Award was sponsored by Kurt Peterson of WC&P International and won by Brian Good. Brian also won the Longest Drive Dixon Competition, which earned him a driver. The Longest Putt Award, sponsored by Issa Al-Kharusy of KDF Fluid Treatment, was also won by him when he sank a putt from just short of 25 feet.
Several other companies provided hole sponsorships for the event. Among them were Clack Corporation, Tomlinson Industries, Culligan San Antonio, Paragon Water, H2O International, Atlantic Filter, Water Right, Filtrex Technologies USA, QMP, Charger Water, Turbidex, Hydronovation, Water Tec of Tucson, Falcon Stainless and NSF International. Dorothy Heskett bought four hole sponsorships on behalf of KDF Fluid Treatment to honor the memory of her late husband, Don Heskett, the pioneer inventor who founded KDF in 1984. The event grossed more than $23,000 between sponsorships and 37 golfer registrations. We are thankful for the generosity and participation of all these sponsors.
“This was one of the best charity tournaments I’ve ever participated in,” said Bob Maisner, VP of Sales and Marketing at Paragon Water and member of the WQA Board of Governors. “The course was wonderful, the event was well planned and executed. Also can’t forget that the weather was ideal for golf this year. We’re very happy to be involved with Wishing Well and support their mission.”
The tournament kicked off a week of significant attention for WWIF as WQA members and other professionals of the water industry descended on Las Vegas for WQA Aquatech 2015. During the show, Jim and Sue Bodenner of Safe Water Team and Don Arnold of Safe Water Kenya were present at the WWIF booth to answer questions and increase awareness of the mission. They also conducted live demonstrations of the Oracle software that makes it possible to accurately record the usage of deployed filters and other important data.
The next 12 months at WWIF will be a whirlwind of exciting promotion and preparation for various campaigns, culminating next spring with the 10-1-10 Africa Expedition. The event will feature a convoy of sponsors, 4×4 vehicles, media, medical personnel and WWIF representatives who will deploy hundreds of Biosand filters in the needy communities of South Africa and Swaziland. Upcoming press releases and marketing efforts will detail the sponsorship opportunities and benefits for that event.
“We are pleased to see how Wishing Well is gaining traction. It’s increasing in awareness for professionals in our industry and in other industries,” said Guillermo Guzman, WWIF Founder and CEO. “It has been a slow and steady process but a very positive one. With the endorsement and support of the WQA, we are ready to take the Foundation to new levels. We’ve set the bar high. The 10-1-10 Africa Expedition is just a taste of things to come. That event will gain global attention and get us closer to our goals. I’d like to personally thank Don Arnold and the Bodenners for their support. Jim has personally been involved with the Foundation since the beginning. His support is invaluable to us.”
The ongoing WWIF emphasis is that every $10 donation provides clean drinking water for 1 person for 10 years, otherwise known as the ’10-1-10′ message. The mission is to continue providing clean, safe drinking water for the nearly one billion people who need it around the world. With a marketing blitz across publications, social media, adventurous campaigns and word of mouth, WWIF and its representatives are poised to make a real difference.
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