His Grace Foundation
Financial Support for the
Patients and Families
on the Bone Marrow
Transplant Unit (BMTU) of
Texas Children’s Hospital
SUMMER 2011 “TO BE GRACE IN THE NEED OF THE MOMENT”
Threads of At one time or another we can all look back
and see the “threads of grace” God has
woven through our lives as the years pass.
In the tapestry of life, some stand out in our
minds much more intensely and providentially
than others. This has certainly been true for
His Grace Foundation over the last 14 years.
We have also noted that this has been
By Val Anderson,
particularly true in the life of Gracie Kiltz,
HGF Executive Director
the 19 year old Down syndrome daughter
of HGF Founders John and Erin Kiltz. Gracie
has had quite a year! As the continual inspiration for all that HGF does on the Bone Marrow
Transplant Unit of Texas Children’s Hospital, we trust that you will enjoy reading about Gracie’s
adventures, beginning with fall of 2010 through May 2011.
As a recent high school graduate who has experienced unexpected joys during her senior year, a
few bumps in the road, and topped it off with a crown—we say, “CONGRATS! GO, GRACIE GIRL! YOU
Gracie on graduation day 2011.
WILL CONTINUE TO INSPIRE EVERYONE WHO HAS THE PRIVILEGE AND PLEASURE OF KNOWING YOU!”
Thanks, too, for letting us share a few of the amazing chapters in your life—a tapestry woven by God “in His time” and meant to be shared
with others. Heaven only knows the ripple effects that continue through your contagious smile, inspiration and sense of humor. And you’ve
convinced us all that you wouldn’t have it any other way! I Love You! —“Auntie Val”
Unexpected Blessings by John Kiltz, Gracie’s Father
Let me give you some insight from my heart, which was rocked in a big way recently.
Fifteen years ago this summer, our world was crushed as Gracie had 20 tubes and monitors
attached to her broken body. If God would have tattooed me with a message containing what
happened on the evening of September 17, 2010, I would not have believed it.
A little background...Gracie has never received an invitation to a typical high school birthday
party, she has never been asked to a dance, she has never been asked to a typical high school
sleep over, she has never done 10% of the things a normal teenager has done.
But, unlike most teenagers, her smile and her spirit have created no enemies. She has won over
the masses with no agenda and no ambition. And so it was on that memorable night in a Texas 5A
school with 800 kids in her graduating class that Gracie got her first taste of being a real teenager,
and was voted into homecoming court where she had a chance to be homecoming queen.
I walked her onto the football field that night as her escort. The FFA cheered for their nominee,
the choir cheered for their nominee, the volleyball team cheered for their nominee, etc. But,
when Gracie was announced, over a thousand people in the stands roared with applause and
cheered for her. It was the first “normal” real high school experience she had ever had. John and Gracie Kiltz at Georgetown
High School’s Homecoming.
I didn’t know what to expect on Friday night when the Queen would be announced, and, in a
way, I didn’t care because God touched so many people that night with Gracie’s life. If the story of her great senior year experience
ended right there, I would have been satisfied. As I think back to the picture on our buffet with the 20 tubes coming out of her body,
I can only praise the Lord for the joy of her life and the glory it has brought to our Savior.
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Threads of However, thinking back on that time of crisis, I am reminded of our many friends and family
members who encouraged us and equipped our family to stand strong. I am especially grate-
ful to my parents; brothers; sister; Gracie’s doctors; and friends who cooked for us, educated
and took care of our other two children, provided housing for us, brought us coffee during
continued... our long days in the hospital, and most importantly, never ceased to pray for us.
You see the wonderful reality is that these people were “His Grace” to us before His Grace
Homecoming Queen Foundation existed. On one hand, it was very humbling to be on the receiving end of all that
they did for our us. But on the other hand, it was a great comfort and empowered us to be
where we are today. During Gracie’s treatment, I observed a strong support system, but also
By Hillary Anderson, Gracie’s Friend and Caregiver saw many families who lost hope and experienced the devastating ripple effects of divorce,
substance abuse, financial ruin and sometimes emotional breakdown. Crisis has a way of
BREAKING NEWS...FALL 2010...GRACIE KILTZ CROWNED HOMECOMING QUEEN!
making or breaking you!
In This Issue... His Grace Foundation’s darling, Gracie Kiltz, was
honored at Georgetown High School, Georgetown,
Presently, there is a patient on the transplant unit who loves Transformers and I couldn’t help
but be impacted by the allegory this toy provides. You see, this is what we faced along with
Threads of Grace.........................................1 Texas, in mid-September when the student body every patient family on the bone marrow transplant unit…everything about Gracie’s diagnosis
nominated and crowned her as homecoming Gracie (center) with Mom and Dad. was ugly, ominous, destructive and life-altering. During that time I couldn’t imagine anything
2011 HGF Golf Tournament Update...........4
queen. Her king? A Down syndrome classmate beautiful coming from her illness, much less her complications. But by the grace that was showered upon us, this monster was transformed
HGF Donor List............................................6 named Jared Friemel. into an amazing vehicle of compassion called His Grace Foundation some years later.
His Grace Place Opens Its Doors...................8
How encouraging to see a generation of high Gracie’s journey and the compassion our family experienced was the blueprint that was created, allowing His Grace Foundation to take
2011 HGF Holiday Breakfast..........................9
school students recognize the sweetness and shape 14 years ago. So, we want to say thank you, thank you, thank you! As we continue to partner together being “grace in the need of
Race for His Grace.................................9 sincerity in a person who can’t show it or put it into the moment” to every patient and family on Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children’s Hospital.
5K Race Benefits HGF...............................10 words. While students were casting their ballots that
Friday afternoon, nominees for homecoming court Some of you may be wondering how Queen Gracie is doing after her tumble. She’s much better now and never ceases to smile. After
HGF Delivers Christmas Cheer...................11 were requesting that students vote for Jared and the accident, she came to relate more than ever to the old Christmas carol, “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.” Fortunately,
Volunteer Corner.......................................11 Gracie—two of their special needs classmates. her Christmas wish was granted and she is now smiling bigger than ever with her two new front teeth!
Love Is in the Air.........................................11
2011 TBTA Golf Tournament.......................12
Wearing a sparkling silver and grey dress, hot pink
tights and glittering Converse high-tops, Gracie
and her dad strolled onto the football field the
A Providential Thread
night of September 17th. Seconds later, as Gracie’s By Doug Shiulte, Former BMTU Patient
HGF Board and Jared’s names were announced as the 2010
Homecoming Queen and King, the crowd erupted
Gracie as Homecoming Queen. I sat naively unaware at the gravity of the situation and the significance of the
encounter I was about to have as I received the first of many transfusions for
John Kiltz, President and Founder and the stadium shook with excitement. “You could hear it echo—the claps and the
a life threatening blood disorder. My world had abruptly been turned upside
hollering and the yelling,” said Charlotte Friemel, Jared’s mother. down with the diagnosis of aplastic anemia. Typical high school concerns were
Erin Kiltz, Founder replaced with thoughts of surviving a terminal illness. My peers were no longer
Simply being nominated to homecoming court was more than enough to please the classmates but other patients with leukemia and various hematology disorders.
Jim Coffey, Treasurer & Golf
Kiltz family, but being crowned as homecoming queen far exceeded any expecta-
Tournament Chairman tion they had. “When they announced it, it was surreal,” said Erin, Gracie’s mother. During my first transfusion, my mind was interrupted by a sweet two-year-old
Annessia Coffey leukemia patient with Down syndrome, who made a game of untying my shoe.
An evening that usually results in a quick 15 minutes of fame turned into a media Her adorable disposition was a welcome distraction to an otherwise difficult day.
Doug Colvin frenzy over the next several weeks for the two families. Multiple articles were featured Her name was Gracie. Nearly sixteen years later, I know that the interruption
Bill Dryden in The Williamson County Sun and footage was filmed and shown on both local news was a providential encounter that would set the direction for the rest of my life.
stations as well as ABC World News.
Charles Leyendecker Gracie and I would cross paths occasionally over the next year while receiving
The week following Gracie’s crowning, Erin wrote a thank-you letter to the George- treatments for our illnesses. Each encounter resulted in similar feelings as the first; to Doug Shiulte (far right) and family with Gracie (center).
Steve Scott put it simply, I enjoyed spending time with Gracie. On my last hospital stay I learned
town High School student body on Gracie’s behalf, conveying what she believed best
Brenda Short summed up what Gracie would say if she could. “When my name was announced I that Gracie had developed an infection that wreaked havoc on her two-year-old body. She was sent home with little chance of survival.
felt the magnitude of God’s love for me through the choice that you made in choos-
ing me as queen.” Over the next two years, I recovered from my illness and went on to college. During that time I began to work with individuals with special
HGF Staff There could be no greater encouragement than to see an entire high school
needs and thoughts and memories of Gracie flooded my mind. It wasn’t long before I knew that I would pursue a career in this field.
Some might call this decision a “calling,” but as an eighteen year old I simply knew that I enjoyed it. The decision to pursue a career work-
ing with the special needs population has evolved into many forms. Most recently it has led my family and I to caring for and living life
Val Anderson, Executive Director and recognize the gift that students like Gracie have to give—the gift of a smile that has
with our sweet friends, the residents at Cornerstone Ranch in McKinney, Texas. This past spring, my world was interrupted by Gracie again.
Volunteer Coordinator continued to light up the halls of Georgetown High School on a daily basis.
Nancy Greenwold, the mother of one of our residents, introduced me to Dr. Buck Anderson, a friend of hers and a pastor from College
Contact Us Reflections and Realities Station. Buck and I enjoyed connecting and talking about mutual contacts. Towards the end of our conversation he asked how I began
working in special needs ministry. I told him my story and what an impact Gracie had on my life. As I spoke I noticed a peculiar look
wash over Buck’s face, and these words followed: “Doug, I know Gracie. She IS alive. My wife and I have been best friends with her
His Grace Foundation By Erin Kiltz, “Mother of the Queen” (From the HGF 2010 Holiday Breakfast Message) family for nineteen years.” At that moment, emotions exploded—goose bumps, adrenaline, tears, excitement. For sixteen years I had
P.O. Box 722 thought that Gracie didn’t make it!
As you can imagine, we continued to enjoy the privilege of Gracie’s accomplishment
Tomball, TX 77377-0722 as homecoming queen. But about ten days after her crowning, the queen fell from her Several weeks ago, we had the reunion of a lifetime when we visited Gracie and her family. I had the opportunity to tell John and Erin
throne, losing her two front teeth. It was a tough ending to a perfect Thanksgiving weekend. Kiltz, the impact their daughter had on my life. We visited the Kiltz family at their home in Georgetown, Texas, and on Saturday morning
Phone: 281-620-4511 I got to read Gracie’s favorite book to her and Chloe, my oldest daughter. If that is not a picture of grace, I do not know what is.
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The devastating blow to her head left Gracie knocked out cold in a pool of blood. This Gracie’s smile and personality is as encouraging as ever. Apparently I am not the only person who thinks this. Last Fall Gracie was voted
took me reeling back 16 years ago this summer when our world was rocked in every the homecoming queen of Georgetown High School!
way. Although this accident in no way compared to Gracie’s fight against leukemia,
I experienced many of the same heart-piercing emotions—feelings of being out of God’s timing of pouring grace in my life through Gracie is providential. The first time as a scared teenager, and most recently as confirmation
His Grace Foundation (HGF) is a 501(c)3 control, shock of the unexpected, and being placed in that tortuous position as a of the path in which God is leading our family as we accepted the main House Parent position at Cornerstone Ranch. I am thankful
charitable organization. parent watching my child suffer unbearably. for the interruption of His Grace in my life.
HGF Golf Tourney Sets New Record! TOURNAMENT Winni
His Grace Foundation (HGF) celebrated an amazing day on May 2nd at our 13th Annual Charitable
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in-one contests, closest to the pin, longest and straightest drives, and the golf challenge by the infamous “One-Armed Bandit.” Boyd
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Chairman Jim Coffey served as master of ceremonies. An informative Stonelake Capital Partners long itney
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update was provided by HGF Executive Director Val Anderson, and BP
wise words were provided by HGF Founders John and Erin Kiltz. There SCF Partners Bunk
was also an unforgettable and moving speech given by Dennis Carlson, ight
William and Anne Britt Buzz
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father of BMTU patient Chloe Carlson (pictured below in photo #4). and G
Dennis, who works for BP, also roused an amazing amount of support LUNCH SPONSORS Putt
from BP, which came out with 40 golfers and provided over $14,000 in Brad onte
Westchase Hilton En st
donations, golf fees, and BP matching funds. Prizes raffled off included Mark gland and
Rio Ranch Restaurant Edgin
hotel stays, airline tickets, and one-of-a-kind art projects created by
BMT patients. Finally, there was the announcement of winning golf SILVER SPONSORS
teams for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and last place low gross. Amegy Bank
Overall it was another outstanding and successful day from beginning to Encore Bank
end. We would like to thank all our generous sponsors, golfers, volunteers, Holli Nichols & Shaheen Ladhani
Marianne Lines of Tournaments to a Tee and our patients and families Jones Lang LaSalle
who came out, making it a fun and truly memorable event. Klein Eyecare
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Short Benefit Services
Briggs & Veselka Co.
SPECIAL THANKS TO...
Carlie Ray of Sunshine Abhay Hardikar John and Linda Ellena
C & C Memorial ADP/Shannon Rubio Keith Carlson
Mike & Lisa Csikos Alan Leonard Larry Alford
Charlie Leyendecker Alliant Group Leelan Boudreaux
Cypress Creek EMS Alysia Wightman Mark Eversole
Ernst & Young Bill Dryden Michael Campbell
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MJ Partners Caitlin Carter Randy Pais
7 8 MW Cleaners Carrabba’s Italian Grill Robert & Carol Jennings
Opportune LLP Chaise Cheatham Samira Valle
Transwestern Chloe Carlson Scott Allen
TriEagle Energy, LP David Jones Scott Culberson/LDH Energy
6 US Infrastructure, LP Doug Colvin Shawn Wharton
Weinstein Spira & Company PC Ellena Family Trust Stephen Cromwell
WHO’S WHO: 1) Buzz Baker (pictured far right) of Network Westside / Northside Lexus Greg Sharp Stephen Thorwegen
Funding, accepting recognition for his generous Eagle Halliburton Steve Scott
Sponsorship. 2) First place team sponsored by Shrieve FRIENDS OF HIS GRACE Jason Brown Synergy Power, Inc / Scott Aulds
Benefit Concepts Jerry Jackson Toby Everett
Chemical Company. 3) Chais is ready to play! 4) Chloe
Dennis Carlson Joe Darensbourg Tournaments to a Tee
watching Dad head out to the course. 5) Steve Steeves
Rich & Judi Redilla, grandparents of Jones Energy / Zach Inman
all decked out for the day. 6) Thanks, BP, for such a great
Chloe Carlson Mike McConnell Vivian Pastor
turnout! 7) Our littlest golfer, Leelan, with mom. 8) Samira John Allison His Grace Foundation Volunteers
and Leelan put a little color on His Grace Place.
4 Tom Martin / Kinder Morgan
THANK YOU to our 2010-2011 HGF Donors! SuperStarS friendS (Continued)
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Barbara Baker Jennifer Wilks Foundation Matthew & Sandra Gordon Charles & Millicent Leyendecker Paul & Joy Posoli David & Judith Tassell
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John & Kate Guynn Martha Lout Suzanne Reid Texas Children’s Hospital
Holiday Inn Houston Medical Center Still Water Foundation Paul & Dana Haidusek Alexandria Lucas James Richards Texas Mutual
Houston Hilton Westchase Stonelake Capital Partners Hall Rader & Associates Brendan Lynch Ashley Riley The Bank of River Oaks
Rob & Lisa Neblett Texas Business Travel Asssociation Jaime Hamzeh Miriam Managan Vickie Riley The Carter Family and Friends
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His Grace Place A Home Away From Home
It is with great joy that His Grace Foundation announces FOUNDATION
the expansion of services provided to patients and their
families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas HOLIDAY
One of the greatest burdens our patient families face after their
child’s bone marrow transplant is providing a safe environment for
healing that is easily accessible to Texas Children’s Hospital. It’s a Please join us for
complicated, multi-faceted issue. Often there is the uncertainty our annual
of where to live once discharged, and this is particularly stressful
for families who have limited options financially. Families also face
the challenge of finding housing that offers the high standards of to Be Held on
hygiene necessary for immunosuppressed children. Simply put, Wednesday,
it’s overwhelming and an issue that has not been addressed of-
ten enough. But, through 14 years of tireless vision casting by our
Founder Erin Kiltz, much prayer and the tremendous financial sup-
port of many in 2010-2011—that vision has become a reality.
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His Grace Place was established in March 2011, and was designed
to address the complex needs of patients and families following a
transplant. It can accommodate one family, providing a safe haven
for their child’s optimal healing. It is our hope that families will find
comfort, rest and privacy while residing at His Grace Place, as well as
some relief from the day-to-day stress during their child’s recovery.
HGF took this first small step, choosing an apartment at The Belmont,
which offers easy access to Texas Children’s Hospital for clinic visits
★ to reserve your seat.
and possible medical emergencies. The apartment is also conve-
niently located near stores, restaurants and other amenities that
Above: His Grace Place living room and bedroom.
families may require during their stay in Houston.
We would like to thank all those who participated in making this vision become a reality. What a joy it was
to see so many serve in making His Grace Place a cozy, comfortable and beautiful home away from home
for our families. Special thanks to those who shopped, donated household and furniture items, painted and
added their gifted touch:
Erin Kiltz Join the Half (Marrow)thoners in the 2nd Annual
Race for His Grace
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Holiday Inn Medical Center LOCATION & COURSE: The course is a single-loop course that begins near Sam Houston Park in
Larry & Margaret Kelminson Downtown Houston, proceeds through Midtown, along Buffalo Bayou, through Memorial Park to
Fayrene Scott the West Loop, and returns via Memorial Drive and Allen Parkway to finish at Sam Houston Park.
Melanie Persyn & Friends REGISTRATION FEES:
HALF MARATHON & WHEELCHAIR HALF MARATHON:
$55 Regular Registration thru August 31
Sandy Wallace $65 LATE REGISTRATION SEPTEMBER 1 THRU OCTOBER 14
Ana Rizvi $75 Walk Up Registration October 20, 21 and 22
Carol Wolfe $80 Regular Registration thru August 31
Steven Vandebur $90 Late Registration September 1 thru October 14
Betty Bradshaw $100 Walk Up Registration October 20, 21 and 22
Buck & Val Anderson
Pictured above is the Sanchez Family, who were the very Sunday, October 23, 2011 NOTE: NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION
first family to stay at His Grace Place.
Wheelchair Race starts at 6:50 a.m. To register and join the Half (Marrow)thoners, visit www.houstonhalf.com. Click to JOIN an existing
Stay tuned…We hope to add a second apartment before year’s end. If you have household items and Half Marathon & Relay start at 7a.m. team, and choose Half (Marrow)thoners.
furniture in good condition that you are interested in donating, please call: 281-620-4511. Register at: For more information, contact Chadisty or Becky at email@example.com.
5K Race Benefits HGF! HGF Delivers
The family of former BMT patient, Alyssa Williams, hosted 5K
race that raised nearly $10,000 for His Grace Foundation!
In the fall of 2000, Alyssa Williams’ difficult journey began with the diagnosis
of a rare genetic disease, Hurler Syndrome. On January 2, 2001, Alyssa,
Year After Year
18 months old, was admitted to Texas Children’s Hospital for her first bone
marrow transplant. The ups and downs of being in the hospital with a sick ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
child was challenging for our family, not only emotionally, but financially
as well. Alyssa underwent two more transplants in 2001. Thankfully, the
third bone marrow transplant was a success.
From Left: Val Anderson, Alyssa Williams, Erin Kiltz,
During those heart-wrenching months, Erin Kiltz, His Grace Foundation
Founder, was truly the “grace in the moment” for our family. When times
were tearful and our hearts were weary, Erin and other volunteers were there
to provide encouragement and support. I thank God each day for the love
she and others showed our family. Now ten years later, we decided that it
is time to help His Grace Foundation monetarily to continue their mission of
providing “grace in the moment” for many other families like ours.
and Amanda Williams.
On March 5, 2011, we successfully hosted The Warrior Is The Child 5k/Kids
K in Liberty, Texas. Despite the torrential rainfall, runners/walkers showed up to support a terrific cause. Eighty-nine 5k
participants forged through the water puddles with smiles on their faces. Approximately thirty Kids K participants raced
their hearts out in cold weather. We love and appreciate all the supporters of this event. God Bless!
—Jamie & Amanda Williams (Alyssa’s parents & 5k/Kids K coordinator)
—Jim Bob & Casey Evans (5k/Kid K coordinator)
Special thanks to HGF Volunteer Melanie Persyn, Holy
Cross Catholic Church ACT NOW Youth Group & the Junior
Many Thanks Go Out to Our Sponsors... Catholic Daughters of the Americas, East Bernard, Texas
for the beautiful handmade blankets that were delivered
SILVER SPRINTERS SPRINTERS to all the patients during the Christmas Season 2010.
Dependable Lease Services First Liberty National Bank
Beausoleil Law Group
The Branding Iron Grill
Leanne & Eric
M&M Rent All
Welcome to Our
Miller’s Food Mart
BRONZE SPRINTERS McFadden Family
SAMCO Enterprises Inc. Evans Farm & Ranch
New Volunteers! is in
WWW.SLEVYSURPLUS.COM Dr. Joseph Upton
Compressor Pump & Engine LLC Ferguson Family
Wadzeck Family Liberty Metal Recycling
Thomas Family TRICO Fishing & Rental Tools
Heritage Fruit & Vegetable
JOGGERS Sarah Bolton
Shamrock Vacuum Service
Alam Family Jason Brown Thank
Digital Stitches John Hebert Distributors Maggie Brown
Angela Byargeon Love & Happiness
We would also like to thank Val Anderson and the
Tamara Collins Always!
Jason & Taye
His Grace Foundation Web Lady Kim. You both were
instrumental in making this work. Thank you!
Michelle Hosey Above Right: Leanne
Scott, a patient
Finally, thanks to our volunteers: James & Tracy DuBose, Clifford Torres in 2007, wed Eric
Cody & Tara Day, Robert & Vivienne Kirkland, Cody Leblanc this May.
Abshier, Seth Traywick, Sherry DuBose, The Branding Volunteer Opportunities! B el ow R i ght: Ja s on
Iron Grill, Heritage Fruit, Tommy & Kim McIntosh, Myra If you are interested in learning more about Brown, a patient in
Birdwell, Misti West, Bobby & Cora Beth Evans, and volunteer opportunities with His Grace Foundation, 2002, and his bride,
Debra Hensinger. We thank you for your dedication Taye, in August 2010.
contact Val Anderson at:
and support in making this event happen. You are
Phone: 281-620-4511 or Congratulations
Balloon send off in honor of all cihldren who have gone through a E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to both couples!
transplant and all who have gone before us.
His Grace Foundation
P.O. Box 722
Tomball, TX 77377-0722
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SAVE THE DATE!
2011 TBTA Annual Charity
Monday, October 24, 2011
10:00 AM Registration Opens
11:00 AM Tee Time
Sugar Creek Country Club
420 Sugar Creek Blvd.
Sugarland, Texas 77478
The TBTA 2010 Annual
Charity Golf Tournament raised
$37,000 for His Grace Foundation!
Mark your calendars for the 2011 TBTA Annual Charity Golf Tournament.
Golf foursomes will sell out quickly so act now! Even if you aren’t a golfer,
you can participate in the silent auction and join us for dinner.
Your continued support of His Grace Foundation is appreciated.
For more sponsorship opportunities or information,
please contact one of the Tournament Chairs below:
Chris Martin, - Christopher.J.Martin@ehi.com
Rasheen Hartwell - Rasheen.C.Hartwell@ehi.com