On Monday, August 7th, the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) held their first-ever golf benefit at the Itasca Country Club.

Over 24 golfers enjoyed a sunny, cool-for-August day playing 18 holes on a beautiful private course made available to us through the efforts of Michael Munro, a friend of the Alvin family.  Forty people joined us for a delicious dinner at the Country Club with a raffle and silent auction.  After playing the 18 hole golf course, we all enjoyed the jazz music played by the talented students from Metea Valley High School – Emily Hensley (Piano-17), Andy Kim (Alto Sax-17), Andrew Aiello (trumpet 16), Claire Baranyk (Tenor Sax 15), Brendan Parravano (Drum set-16) and Nick Asuan (bass-16).

Though not a golfer herself, Alyssa was a student athlete who played soccer, tennis, volleyball and competed in track.  Of course, she was also a gifted musician and every AAFH event is centered around Alyssa’s passion for art, music and life itself.  With that in mind, we are grateful to the young musicians who entertained us during dinner.  Events like this allow us to promote the Foundation’s mission to provide hope through the arts to young people during their time of illness.

A heartfelt thank you to all who attended the golf outing and dinner. We appreciate the Board members and volunteers who gave so much of their time, love and support to make this event a success.  Lastly, but not least, a special thank you to Mike Munro for coordinating a wonderful and memorable event.  Stay tuned in the near future for more information on next year’s golf outing!