The Golf Tournament grew through the talk of the town and a genuine desire to help BackStoppers, but the community was struck with a personal loss when Firefighter David Grass, Jr. died in the line of duty on July 8, 2009. “After that, the Tournament doubled in size because the community saw what BackStoppers did for the Grass family. Since then, the Tournament has sold out every year and we have to turn teams away.” Firefighter Grass is honored every year at the Tournament.
There are certain touches that give the Tournament a special flair and keep participants looking forward to the event. Swag bags stuffed with premium items are given to participants along with free DQ Blizzards supplied by the local Dairy Queen, something that eager participants ask about year after year.
All the things that make the Golf Tournament special are part of a planning process that begins in February with the Tournament date in September. “During this time, we have the help of our wives and kids. We have made planning and setting up the Tournament a family event. On the day of the Tournament we have about 25 volunteers who all have some relation to a first responder helping us make the Tournament a success.”