Our beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew and dear friend Chad Blum always had a tendency to say, “You know what I was thinking?” He would always have some grandiose idea whether it was covering the entire backyard with a lavish desk design or installing an elevator in a two-story beach house! In June 1997, at the age of 29, Chad’s life tragically ended in an automobile accident.
Some time had passed when family and friends were gathered during the holidays. We embarked upon the Chad “syndrome,” which began with “you know what we can do,” and ended with “we can hold a golf tournament in memory of Chad and raise money to benefit a charity.” Chad, our entire family and friends were fond of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic because a family member who was born with a life-threatening condition, Alyssa Matus, had a wish to go to Disney World fulfilled by the organization. In the fall of 2001 after nine magical years of touching people’s lives, Alyssa’s life journey came to an end.
We were inspired by tragedy and our crazy idea has resulted in something we could have never dreamed of. In just fifteen years, our “grass roots” charity has fulfilled the wishes of 33 truly wonderful children whose families live in your community. We’ve also donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross and $6,000 to MPS. People and companies who open their hearts in support of our cause make our success possible. Our annual tournament has grown to 144 golfers, dozens of corporate sponsors and thousands of dollars in cash donations.
Net event proceeds are donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic. Our hope this year is to fulfill even more wishes in memory of both Chad and Alyssa. Come and join us. Be inspired with us. Experience how truly wonderful and magical it is to make wishes come true.