2018 Fairways for THE ARMED FORCES charity golf outing

June 11, 2018

Mt. Hawley Country Club, Peoria, Illinois


Thank you all so much for your participation and support. Check out the video below from this year's event produced by Pat Clark Productions.


The second annual "Fairways for the Armed Forces" golf outing was held on June 11, 2018. It was even bigger and better than last year. We had 184 golfers play in a morning and afternoon shotgun scramble and then were thrilled to welcome guest speaker Aaron Bernstein as our guest speaker at the evening reception. Aaron Bernstein is the heart recipient of Nick's heart donation. Aaron truly has the heart of a champion in him. 

Thank you to all who signed up, played, volunteered and donated their time, talent and treasure. We also gave away five $2,500 college scholarships to our worthy educational scholarship recipients. It is a joy to meet these outstanding young student-athletes and we look forward to watching their college careers develop and for them to continue to pay it forward on Nick's behalf. This golf event is one of the premiere golf outings in Central Illinois and we look forward to an even bigger and better event in 2019.

- The Murphy Family


2017 "Fairways for the Armed Forces" Golf Outing


Platinum (Title) Sponsors

A Platinum Sponsor is one of the Title Sponsors who will have their name or their company name as top billing and listing on all publications, banners and brochures promoting the golf outing. They donated $10,000.00 and be one of the title sponsors of the entire tournament. There will be a maximum of five title sponsors. That sponsor will also receive two foursomes (8 players) for golf included in that sponsorship and receive a hole sponsor sign. Title Sponsorship will be a huge amount of advertising for your company. You will also greatly benefit the Children's Hospital of Illinois, the educational scholarships, and to the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation Pro Bono Clinic that is providing free family law legal services to active duty members and veterans of the Armed Forces . We are pledging that $5,000.00 out of the $10,000.00 raised for each Title Sponsor will be used as a grant to the Children's Hospital of Illinois, Almost Home Kids, or the Heller Cancer Center, all locally here at OSF. We are going to try and use the Title Sponsors as our main fundraising for the charitable arm of Nick's Foundation in 2018. As a result, your company will know directly who benefited from your Title Sponsorship and you will have a great time playing in the golf tournament.

We are proud to announce that the law firm of Murphy & Dunn, located in Peoria and in Bloomington Illinois has pledged to be our first Platinum Title Sponsor for the 2018 Fairways for the Armed Forces charity golf outing. Murphy & Dunn 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.

Josh Bellamy and Ashley Flanagan from The Yard have pledged to be our second Platinum Title Sponsor. The Yard is a state of the art facility in Peoria that has an entire turf soccer field, five batting cages, and two full size turf baseball fields indoor in Pioneer Park for rent to all sports teams and all ages. Zach McAllister from the Cleveland Indians was just there last week giving a clinic. Please support The Yard and thank Josh and Ashley if you see them. They are going above and beyond for the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation.

We now have a third Title Sponsor with Midwest Orthopaedic Center. CEO Derek Armstrong just confirmed that the doctors and staff of Midwest Orthopaedic Center have committed again this year to a $10,000.00 donation in support of Nick's Foundation. Thank you so much guys. This is the second year in a row they have made such a commitment to support Nick's Foundation.

Our fourth Title Sponsor is Lorenz Evans and his company, Lorevas, Inc. Please support Lorenz and his numerous companies. They have been a great friend to the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation and continue to be so.

That is a substantial amount that we are donating to the Children's Hospital and OSF, the Heller Center for Learning for Kids with Cancer, and the Anthony Rizzo Foundation, also to help kids with cancer) from Nick's Foundation for 2018. Thank you so much for your support. In addition, these funds will help support the educational college scholarships going to senior high school student-athletes, and help fund the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation Pro Bono Clinic. That Clinic is providing free and reduced rate family law legal services through the clinic and through the law firm of Murphy & Dunn to veterans and to active duty military in the areas of divorce, custody, child support and all areas of family law to pay them back for their service and sacrifice to our country. Just like Nick Murphy sacrificed his life in joining the U.S. Navy in his goal to become a Navy SEAL, these men and woman have also risked everything and we want to pay them back for that sacrifice, commitment and bravery.

 

2018 PLATINUM (TITLE) SPONSORS TO DATE:

The Law Firm of Murphy & Dunn, P.C.

The Yard (through Josh Bellamy and Ashley Flanagan)

Midwest Orthopaedic Center

Lorevas, Inc. (Lorenz Evans)


Gold Star Sponsors

A Gold Star Sponsor has donated $5,000.00 and will be included as a major sponsor of the tournament on all publications, banners and brochures. That sponsor will also receive one foursome (4 players) for golf included in that sponsorship and receive a hole sponsor sign.

We are proud to announce that Advanced Technology Services, Inc. (ATS), through the support of our friend James Hefti, has pledged to be our first Gold Star Sponsor for the 2018 "Fairways for the Armed Forces" charity golf outing. Thank you Jim ands ATS for such a huge pledge and for all of your support.

We are also pleased to announce that Tom and Lana Frake and their family have pledged to be our second Gold Star sponsor. Tom and Lana and their family were great supporters of Nick Murphy and our family and continue to be great friends and great support of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. Thank you so much.

 

2018 Gold Star Sponsors to date:

Advanced Technology Services (ATS), Inc. (through James Hefti)

Tom and Lana Frake Family


Blue Star Sponsors

A Blue Star Sponsor donated $2,500.00 and will be included as a large sponsor of the tournament on all publications, banners and brochures. That sponsor will also receive two golfers as part of the sponsorship and will receive a hole sponsor sign.

 

2018 Blue Star Sponsors To Date:

Lesley and Mark Matuszak

Vicki Hosek and Family

Core Construction (through Christine Bare-Kemper)

Strong Law Offices (through Todd Strong)


Silver Star Sponsors

A Silver Star Sponsor donated $1,000.00 and is included as a sponsor of the tournament on all publications, banners and brochures. That sponsor will also receive one player for golf included in that sponsorship and receive a hole sponsor sign.

 

2018 SILVER STAR SPONSORS To Date:

Chip and Jennifer Nellinger

Jay and Nancy Harms

Anthony (Toner) Babovac Family

Keith and Beth Liszewski & Family

Stanley Steemer (through Mark Hoagland)

Karyn and Chris Winkel & Family

Kids First Dental Group (through Dr. Laura Donlan, DDS)

Jay and Joan Janssen

Ray and Kathy LaHood

Pete and Theresa Mangieri & Family

Country Financial (through Chris Peterson)

Commerce Bank (through Connie Barr)

Velde Ford (through Tim and Lori Saurs)

Prairie Home Alliance (through Steve and Maggie Jackson)

Vonachen Group (through Matt Vonachen)


Bronze Star Sponsors

A Bronze Star Sponsor will donate $500.00 and is included as a small sponsor of the tournament. They will not be listed on the marketing materials, but they will receive one round of golf for 1 player included in that sponsorship as well as a hole sponsor sign.

 

2018 Bronze Star Sponsors to date: 

John Nogaj

Jim and Vicki Rooney & Family

Jeff and Wendy Kolbus & Family

Red Carpet Car Wash (through Dan and Kathy Maloof)

Mike and Donna Verheyen & Family

LaHood for Congress

INTEGRITY Community Bank, Branch of Bank of Farmington, Since 1903

O'Brien Steel

John and Gina Wetzel/ PHD Services


2018 Lunch Sponsor

At the outing we will be offering a grilled lunch for both our morning and afternoon golfers' enjoyment. The lunch sponsor will donate $2,000.00 and have their name or their company name on place cards at the table throughout the lunch hour.

 

2018 lunch Sponsor:

Welch Systems, Inc.


2018 Reception Sponsor

After golf, we have food, drink and a reception to honor Nick and the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. The reception sponsor will donate $2,500.00 and have their name or their company name on place cards at the table throughout the reception after golf.

 

2018 Reception Sponsor:

Gift of Hope


2018 Hole Sponsors

Hole sponsors will pay $250.00. For that donation, they will receive a ground sign at the hole location for all golfers to see as a hole sponsor. 

 

2018 Hole Sponsors to Date: 

Jamie Harwood

The Hogan Family

Jeff Dunn & Family

Scott Communications (Mark and Jodi Scott)

Michelle Largent Ltd.

James Unland & Company

Pearl Companies

CMFI

Peoria Disposal Company (through Jeff Coulter)

The Babcock Family

The Fenger Family

Candice Thomason and Nathan Paquet

Mayor Jim Ardis

Unruh & Unes Wealth Management Group

Moon Family Dental


Sponsors who donated goods and services in kind:

Lariat Steakhouse ($100.00 gift certificate)

Kouri's Pub (Wing party for two hours)

Scherer Mazda (Hole-In-One Prizes)

Bill's Lemonade

Ted and Jamie Brodeur & Family

Dean and Cheryl Murin & Family

George and Jeannine Jacob & Brewers Distributing Company

The Rockow Family & Coca Cola

Mt. Hawley Country Club

Jon Burklund

Grimm's Inc.

Waugh Foods

Paul DiGiallonardo & Family

Lesley Matuszak & Family

James Kemper & Christine Bare-Kemper

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation

Theresa and Ed Murphy & Family

 


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

2017 Fairways for the Armed Forces

THE NICHOLAS J. MURPHY FOUNDATION CHARITY GOLF OUTING


The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation is proud to announce that the 2018 "Fairways for the Armed Forces" golf outing to honor Nick Murphy and to raise money for the educational, military, legal and charitable donations, grants and scholarships given out by Nick's Foundation is now scheduled for June 11, 2018 at Mt. Hawley Country Club. It will follow the same format from last year's tournament, which was a huge success. In 2017, we raised a net profit of over $50,000.00. That inaugural golf outing was held on June 12, 2017 at Mt. Hawley Country Club.

Thank you to Pat Clark Productions for the wonderful video of the event. Click below to see the video. Wait until the end and watch all of it to see Nick himself playing golf with his Dad.

All proceeds will go toward all of the scholarships, grants and donations being given out through the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation, including current military and Armed Forces families in need, current and future high school and college student-athletes receiving college scholarships, toward the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation Pro Bono Clinic to help provide free legal services to military families in need, and to the charitable donations to be made to the Children's Hospital of Illinois and Almost Home Kids.


With Gratitude...

Thank you to our amazing golf committee, including Karyn and Chris Winkel, Cheryl and Dean Murin, Jamie and Ted Brodeur, Adam Winkel, and all of the Murphy family members (Ed, Theresa, Grant, Alec and Laney, as well as Maria Puetz) for all of your help in putting this tournament together. You are all awesome and have been wonderful to donate all of your time, talent and treasure. This is a big undertaking, and we want all of you to know how much we appreciate your love and friendship. It has been a struggle for all of us Murphys and we truly value and appreciate all of our extended family and friends in helping us since Nick's death.

We could not have done it without you.

Thank you also to all of our sponsors and volunteers. We raised over $50,000.00 net profit in 2017 because of all of their donations and hard work in putting this together. Please visit our Sponsor Page and visit and use their companies to pay them back for all of their hard work and contributions. Also do not hesitate to thank personally all of the volunteers who made this possible. We had over 50 individual volunteers, in addition to the golf committee, help put this golf outing together and it was because of their hard work and dedication that it was such a success.

Our community stepped it up and came together for this event and we are very proud and humbled to be a part of this great community. Central Illinois is truly a special place to live.  

Finally, a big thank you to God and to Nick Murphy. If it were not through our faith in God and Him getting us through all of this as a family and as a community, none of this would be possible. We truly believe that Nick Murphy is watching over us with that big Nick Murphy smile gracing us with his presence in all that we do. We know now more than ever that "Paying it Forward" in all that we do from this time forward is the right course of action and that helping others will not only make the world and our community a better place, but bring benefit to us all.

We will see Nick again and we have no doubt that when we do he will still be smiling at us. That brings great joy to our hearts. Thank you again everyone.

 

2017 SPONSORS


Gold Star Sponsor: A Gold Star Sponsor donated $5,000.00 and will be included as a major sponsor of the tournament on all publications and brochures. That sponsor also received two foursomes (8 players) for golf included in that sponsorship.

Gold Star Sponsors

Midwest Orthopaedic (Dr. James Williams)
Midwest Orthopaedic (Dr. Michael Merkley)
The Law Firm of Murphy & Dunn, P.C.
Kids First Dental (Dr. Laura J. Donlan)
Tom and Lana Frake Family
Country Financial (Chris Peterson and Mike Weber)


 

Blue Star Sponsor: A Blue Star Sponsor donated $2,500.00 and will be included as a large sponsor of the tournament on all publications and brochures. That sponsor also received one foursome (4 players) for golf included in that sponsorship.

Blue Star Sponsors

Strong Law Offices (Todd Strong)
OSF Corporate (Jeff White)
ATS (Rob Currier and Jim Hefti)
FindLaw, a part of Thomson Reuters (Craig Smith)

 

Reception Sponsor: After golf, we have food, drink and a reception to honor Nick and the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. The reception sponsor donated $2,500.00 and this year that reception was sponsored by The Yard (Josh Bellamy).


 

Silver Star Sponsor: A Silver Star Sponsor donated $1,000.00 and is included as a sponsor of the tournament on all publications and brochures. That sponsor also received two players (2 players) for golf included in that sponsorship.

Silver Star Sponsors

Toner and Suzie Babovac Family
Welch Systems (Jeff Martin)
Vicki Hosek
Joan and Jay Janssen
Stanley Steemer of Peoria, Inc. (Mark Hoagland)
Red Carpet Car Wash (Dan Maloof)
Keith and Beth Liszewski Family
Eric and Michelle Webb Family
Rob and Deb Coventry Family
St. Elias Church (Jhonny Ghantous)
Tim and Michelle Krueger Family
Mari Halliday, Realtor
Stephen P. Kelly, Attorney at Law
 Holmes Murphy & Associates
CGN & Associates (Jeff Shields)
Commerce Bank
Matt and Lesley Vonachen
Chris and Karyn Winkel


 
Bronze Star Sponsor: A Bronze Star Sponsor donated $500.00 and is included as a sponsor of the tournament on all publications and brochures. That sponsor also received one round of golf for 1 player for golf included in that sponsorship.

Bronze Star Sponsors

Jim and Vicki Rooney Family
Rich and Heidi Moore Family
Dean and Cheryl Murin Family
Voicespring (Doug Oberlander)
Jeff and Wendy Kolbus Family
John and Gina Wetzel Family (PHD)
Caliber Home Loans (John Abraham)
Caryn and Greg Mefford
Pete and Theresa Mangieri
Mike and Donna Verheyen


 
Hole Sponsors: Hole sponsors paid $200.00. For that donation, they received a ground sign at the hole location for all golfers to see as a hole sponsor. 

Hole Sponsors

The Yard Peoria (Josh Bellamy and Ashley Flanagan)
Jeffrey and Kimberly Dunn Family
Dunlap JFL (Two)
Sivertsen Reporting
Patrick and Brandi Hogan Family
Wes and Paige Blumenshine
Bard Optical (Mick Hall)
Widmer Interiors
PDC
Lorne and Michelle Day


 

Sponsors who donated goods and services in kind:

QDOBA (Kevin and Tracy Pogue)
The Lariat Steakhouse and Kouri's Pub (Ken Kouri)
Jaymo's Sauces
Scherer Mazda (Jim Scherer)
Tom Mastandrea (Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawk Tickets)
Ted and Jamie Brodeur (Various Golf prizes)
Trent Fairfield (golf prizes)
Dean and Cheryl Murin (golf prizes)
Spoons Restaurant & Bar (Steve and Greta Kelly)
RJ Distributing (The Jockisch family)
Brewer's Distributing (The Jacobs family)
Bill's Lemonade (Valerie and Brad Barkley)
Waugh's Frozen Foods (Joe Waugh)
Kra Energy Drinks (Jeni Kuntzman)
Soft Drinks by Coca-Cola (Tammy Rockow)
Paul DiGiallonardo
Lesley Matuszak
Heart Technologies

 

THANK YOU so much EVERYONE. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS.


Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation
456 Fulton Street, Suite 425
Peoria, Illinois 61602
309.674.5593
Tax ID#: 81-4555589