The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation and Murphy & Dunn present:

2019 “Fairways for THE ARMED FORCES” golf Tournament

June 10, 2019

Mt. Hawley Country Club, Peoria, Illinois

Participate or Sponsor

Note: Your information will be saved in our secure internal forms for use solely in communication about your involvement in this event. You will not be added to any email lists and your data will not be shared with any 3rd party email providers. Please contact us if you have any questions about our secure handling of your information for the purposes of our golf outing.


Your Support

Your participation fees and sponsorship donations will go toward the operation and costs of running the Nicholas J. Murphy Military Legal Clinic. The Nicholas J. Murphy Military Legal Clinic offers free and reduced rate family law legal services to veterans and active duty members of the Armed Forces and their families in the areas of divorce, custody, child support and all areas of family law in Peoria, Bloomington, and throughout Illinois.

Our overall goal in 2019 is to raise enough money to hire a full-time attorney and a full-time paralegal to operate the Nicholas J. Murphy Military Legal Clinic. If we can do that, there is no limit on the number of cases we can handle and the number of veterans and active duty service personnel we can help. The proceeds of the golf outing are the primary fundraiser we have for the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation.

Over the last 28 months, we have undertaken 88 family law cases and completed almost $500,000.00 worth of free legal services through the Nicholas J. Murphy Military Legal Clinic. We are proud of what we have accomplished in honor of Nick Murphy and look forward to the continued growth of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. Your support will allow us to continue to “Pay it Forward” and help veterans and military personnel in need.

We would like to thank you for your interest in the 2019 “Fairways for the Armed Forces” Golf Outing. Please see the information below about the different levels of sponsorship, and click on the links above to sign up.


Title Sponsor

All Title Sponsors will have donated $25,000.00 and be a Title host of the golf tournament, along with the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. All Title Sponsors will have their company name as the Title host on all publications, banners and brochures promoting the golf outing. Currently, the law firm of Murphy and Dunn, P.C. is signed up to be a Title Sponsor. We would love to have additional Title Sponsors join us.  

All Title Sponsors will receive: 

  • Four foursomes (16 players) for golf tournament play

  • Be named as a Title host of the 2019 “Fairways for the Armed Forces” Golf Tournament

  • Title host listing on all publications, banners, and brochures promoting the golf tournament

  • Hole Sponsor Sign on the First Tee

  • Automatic priority to play in the afternoon round

The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation is proud to announce that the law firm of Murphy & Dunn, P.C. has pledged to be the first Title Sponsor of the 2019 “Fairways for the Armed Forces” Golf Tournament. Murphy & Dunn, P.C. is the largest and most successful divorce, custody, and family law firm in Central Illinois devoted to serving individuals and families throughout the State of Illinois. As well, all of their attorneys and paralegals volunteer extensively with the Nicholas J. Murphy Military Legal Clinic to complete the legal work necessary to properly represent the service men and women being helped through the clinic.

2019 Title sponsors to date:

Murphy & Dunn, P.C.


Platinum Sponsor

All Platinum Sponsors will have donated $10,000.00 and be included as one of the major sponsors of the golf tournament. All Platinum Sponsors will have their name or their company name as one of the top billing spots and listing on all publications, banners and brochures promoting the golf tournament.  

All Platinum Sponsors will receive: 

  • Three foursomes (12 players) for golf tournament play

  • One of the top listings on all publications, banners, and brochures promoting the golf tournament

  • Hole Sponsor Sign on a Major Contest Hole 

  • Automatic priority to play in the afternoon round 

2019 PLATINUM sponsors to date:

Ashley Flanagan, Josh Bellamy, and The Yard


Gold Star Sponsor

A Gold Star Sponsor will have donated $5,000.00 and be included as one of the large sponsors of the golf tournament. All Gold Star Sponsor will have their name or their company name on all publications, banners and brochures promoting the golf tournament, right below the Platinum Sponsors.

All Gold Star Sponsors will receive:

  • Two foursomes (8 players) for golf tournament play

  • Listing on all publications, banners, and brochures promoting the golf tournament

  • Hole Sponsor Sign

  • Automatic priority to play in the afternoon round

The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation is proud to announce that Tom and Lana Frake have become the first Gold Star Sponsor of the 2019 “Fairways for the Armed Forces” Golf Tournament. Tom and Lana have sponsored each year of the golf tournament and are long time supporters of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. Thank you Tom and Lana for your continued support.

2019 Gold star sponsors to date:

Tom and Lana Frake

Rob Currier and ATS


Blue Star Sponsor

A Blue Star Sponsor will have donated $2,500.00 and be included as one of the sponsors of the golf tournament. The Blue Star Sponsor will have their name or their company name on all publications, banners, and brochures promoting the golf tournament, listed right below the Gold Star Sponsors.

All Blue Star Sponsors will receive:

  • One foursome (4 players) for golf tournament play

  • Listing on all publications, banners, and brochures promoting the golf tournament

  • Hole Sponsor Sign

  • Automatic priority to play in the afternoon round

The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation is proud to announce that Chris and Karyn Winkel have become the first Blue Star Sponsor of the 2019 “Fairways for the Armed Forces” Golf Tournament. Chris and Karyn have sponsored each year of the golf tournament and are long time supporters of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation and friends of the Murphy family. Thank you Chris and Karyn for your continued support.

The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation thanks Vicki Hosek for becoming the second Blue Star Sponsor of the 2019 “Fairways for the Armed Forces” Golf Tournament. Vicki has sponsored each year of the golf tournament and is a long time supporter of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation and friend of the Murphy family. Thank you Vicki for your continued support.

2019 Blue Star sponsors to date:

Chris and Karyn Winkel

Vicki Hosek

chip nellinger

ken jack

Doug Cekander

Todd strong and Strong Law Offices

Mark and Lesley Matuszak


Silver Star Sponsor

A Silver Star Sponsor will have donated $1,000.00 and be included as one of the sponsors of the golf tournament. All Silver Stare Sponsors will have their name or their company name on all publications, banners, and brochures promoting the golf tournament, listed right below the Blue Star Sponsors.

All Silver Star Sponsors will receive:

  • Two golfers for golf tournament play

  • Listing on all publications, banners, and brochures promoting the golf tournament

  • Hole Sponsor Sign

  • Automatic priority to play in the afternoon round

The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation is proud to announce that Mark Hoagland and Stanley Steemer have become the first Silver Star Sponsor of the 2019 “Fairways for the Armed Forces” Golf Tournament. Mark and Stanley Steemer have sponsored each year of the golf tournament and Mark is a former coach, friend, and supporter of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation and a friend of the Murphy family. Thank you Mark and Stanley Steemer for your continued support.

The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation thanks Matt Vonachen and the Vonachen Group for becoming the second Silver Star Sponsor of the 2019 “Fairways for the Armed Forces” Golf Tournament. Matt has sponsored each of the last two years of the golf tournament and is a long time supporter of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation and friend of the Murphy family. Thank you Matt for your continued support.

2019 Silver star sponsors to date:

Mark Hoagland and Stanley Steemer

Matt Vonachen and the Vonachen Group

Keith and Beth Liszewski

Toner and Suzie Babovac

DR. Laura Donlan and Kids First Dental Group

Jay and Nancy Harms

Rob and deb coventry

pete and theresa mangieri

Mike O’Brien and O’Brien Steel Service

Dr. Mark Plunkett

Michael Ragan and 22VA


Bronze Star Sponsor

A Bronze Star Sponsor will have donated $500.00 and be included as a sponsor of the golf tournament. Though we thank all Bronze Star Sponsors for their contribution to the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation, they will not be listed on the marketing materials sent out for the golf tournament. We thank the Bronze Star Sponsors for having an impact in helping maintain operations for the best golf tournament in the Central Illinois area.

All Bronze Star Sponsors will receive:

  • One golfer for golf tournament play

  • Hole Sponsor Sign

  • Automatic Priority to play in the afternoon round

The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation is proud to announce that Jeff and Kim Dunn, along with their kids, Jake and Maddie have pledged to become the first Bronze Star Sponsor of the 2019 “Fairways for the Armed Forces” Golf Tournament. Jeff, Kim, and their kids have participated and sponsored a hole each year of the golf tournament and the Dunn’s are cousins of Nick and the Murphy Family. They have gone out of their way to help and support the Murphy family and the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. Thank you Jeff, Kim, Jake, and Maddie for your continued support.

2019 Bronze star sponsors to date:

Jeff, Kim, Jake, and Maddie Dunn

tim and lori saurs

velde ford sales, inc.

jim and vicki rooney

lorne and michelle day

Mike and Donna Verheyen

Jeff and Wendy Kolbus

Dan Maloof and Red Carpet Car Wash, Inc.

Jeff White and OSF HealthCare

Rich Moore and Caterpillar, Inc.

Michelle Largent and Michelle Largent, Ltd.


2019 Lunch Sponsor

The golf tournament will be offering a grilled lunch for both the morning and afternoon golfers' enjoyment.

The Lunch Sponsor will have donated $2,000.00 and have their name or their company name on place cards at every table throughout the lunch hour.

We are proud to announce that Steve and Maggie Jackson and Prairie Home Alliance has become the Lunch Sponsor for the 2019 “Fairways for the Armed Forces” Golf Tournament. Steven and Maggie have been great supporters of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation and we cannot be more thankful that they have decided to partner with us and support our many veterans and members of the Armed Forces.

2019 Lunch Sponsors to date:

Steve and Maggie Jackson and Prairie home alliance


2019 Reception Sponsors

After the golf play is complete, there will be a reception at 6:00 p.m. to honor all military personnel, Nick Murphy, and the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. The reception will feature food, drinks, and a silent and live auction to complete the night.

The Reception Sponsors will have donated $2,500.00 and have their name or their company name on place cards at every table throughout the reception.

The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation is proud to announce that J. Kevin Cmunt, Lisa Dodson, and Gift of Hope, Organ & Tissue Donor Network have pledged to become one of the Reception Sponsors of the 2019 “Fairways for the Armed Forces” Golf Tournament. Gift of Hope sponsored the reception last year as well. Additionally, there was a table set up to provide information and Kevin spoke at the reception to provide information about the thousands of families affected by organ and tissue donation each year. Gift of Hope is an incredable organization and supporter of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. We can’t thank them enough for their continued support.

We are happy to announce that Jeff and Maria Martin and Welch Systems, Inc. have become our second Dinner Reception sponsor for 2019. Their family and company has been a huge supporter of Nick’s Foundation since day one afer Nick’s death. Thank you so much for your support. It is because of families and companies like yours that make all of this possible.

2019 RECEPTION SPONSORS TO DATE:

j. kevin cmunt, Lisa Dodson, and Gift of Hope, Organ and tissue Donation network

jeff and maria martin and Welch systems, inc.


2019 Hole Sponsors

Hole Sponsors will have paid $250.00. For that donation, the sponsor will have their name or their company name on a ground sign, located on the tee box of a hole for all golfers to see.

2019 Hole Sponsors to date:

Brandi and Patrick Hogan

Betty and Dan Ekstrand

John Abraham and Caliber Home Loans

Toner and Suzie Babovac

Mark and jodi scott

dr. michael moon and moon family dental

john wetzel and phd services, l.l.c.

chris coulter and peoria disposal company

brad juergens and Seico security

doug cekander and last chance bar and grill

Derek Grimm and Grimm’s Inc.

Bryce Unruh and Unruh & Unes, Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Ed, Leslie, David and Payton Babcock

Jaime Harwood


2019 Sponsors donating goods and services in kind:

Many donations of goods and services will be needed. Please let us know if you would like to donate your goods or services for the 2019 “Fairways for the Armed Forces” Golf Tournament.

2019 in kind sponsors to date:

Jim Scherer and Scherer Automotive

Ken Kouri and Kouri’s Pub and Lariat Steakhouse

Ed and Theresa Murphy

Diane Hahn and Mackinaw Valley Vinyard


2019 Foursome and Individual Golfers

Foursomes will pay $600.00 to participate in the golf tournament. Each golfer will receive a substantial gift package for participating.

Individual Golfers will pay $150.00 to participate in the golf tournament and receive a substantial gift package for participating.

Please sign up early as the afternoon will sell out quickly. Sponsors and Foursomes will be given a priority for the afternoon round.

The following individually golfers have paid and are officially signed up for the 2019 golf tournament. If your name is not on this list, you are not officially signed up unless you are playing in a sponsors group.


Below is a video of the 2018 Fairways for the Armed Forces Golf Outing. Please enjoy.


Below is a video of the 2017 Fairways for the Armed Forces Golf Outing. Please enjoy.


Thank you all so much for your support. See you on the green!