2017 Fairways for the Armed Forces


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.



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
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



Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation
456 Fulton Street, Suite 425
Peoria, Illinois 61602
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