Lisa Perkins, Executive Director of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, appeared to be thoroughly enjoying the sunshine as well as her afternoon at the event and I was lucky enough to have a chat with her. Good vibes abound. She was very excited about the community response, as food insecurity is not something exclusive to any sect of RTP. This generous fundraiser will increase stock in 6 food pantries as well as a seventh opening in Durham.
Attendees Tom Wilson, Wilmington St. downtown Raleigh, sees the event as a blueprint that may give shelters the chance to offer improved care for the homeless; and, Terry Shackelton, Oak City Cares, adds "cheers" for making it happen!
This was actually my second visit to Prestonwood Country Club. My initial intro to the venue was during the SAS Championship where John Daly made his first appearance in Cary. Known primarily for his long drives on the golf course, this tourney actually left fans in awe of Daly’s fashion choices which included a hot pink polo donned with lime green patterned trousers made by American sportswear company Loudmouth Golf. See Daly’s SAS Championship fashion choice here: https://bit.ly/2VRE1QX #SportsFashion at its finest.
Speaking of sports, there sure wasn’t any shortage of Canes' fans out on this beautiful day among the 160 golfers who supported the event which raised nearly $50,000 to support the six Catholic Charities food pantries across central and eastern North Carolina. Sr. Ranger Frank Florentino in his 21st year as Senior Ranger at Prestonwood Country Club couldn't hide his excitement for how well the Canes have played this year. And according to Scotty McCreery, Raleigh is definitely a "hockey town." A raucous PNC Arena most certainly can attest to that!
All and all a wonderful, meaningful and inspirational afternoon!