The 15th Annual

Bill Knope Memorial

Golf Outing & Dinner

September 26, 2015

The last hurrah...

It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the mid-seventies, clear skies and lots of sunshine. As ever, the staff at Sycamore Hills was ready for us and made sure all of our needs were met. In honor of the first outing, we had American flags for every cart and the rangers made sure they were secured. We had a record-breaking twenty-six hole sponsors and twenty-five foursomes. With Max's help, we got everyone registered and to their carts in record time. The energy level was at an all-time high...and they were off!

Following golf we literally filled the dining room, so the buffet was set up outside, where the weather remained perfect. We had one of the nicest dinners we've ever had there, including beef tenderloin, which was switched out with the roast beef at no additional charge. We are deeply grateful to Sycamore Hills for their generosity and tremendous service to us, last month as well as in previous years. If only we had found you sooner! We will be back and we encourage anyone reading this to do the same!

It was a bittersweet evening, filled with laughter and a few tears. The bonds that have formed over the years were in full evidence, and the acts of kindness by those who returned cash prizes overwhelmed us once again. as in so many years past. There is no way to describe the feeling in the room when that happens; you just have to be there. And at this outing, with these good people, we've had the pleasure many times. It was particularly meaningful this year, and we hope that the proceeds from the outing will be of help to Joe Craft, who is one of our own.

By ALL accounts, the final "Billy" or "Kanopen" was our very best. From start to finish, it exemplified the spirit of all the years before it and we couldn't have ended it on a better note. The outpouring of love and support was tremendous, and we thank each and every one of you who were a part of it.

Even though the outing has come to an end, there is a large group of us planning to get together, and possibly play golf, on September 24, 2016. If you are interested, check back here or on Facebook for updates.

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