This year we had just two professional teams competing for participating charities as businesses.
Our Silver Medalist Team had 4 participants, shot an even Par 288, had 4 participants subscribe to the Quakerdale Winter Classic Newsletter, and had 4 participants subscribe to the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Black Hawk County Newsletter, for a total of 800 Tournament Points.
We had a great time at the Carroll Country Club celebrating the results of our first-ever Quakerdale Winter Classic ProAM. If you missed the festivities, don’t worry. We have posted video footage and created a couple picture albums on Google+ just for you.
On behalf of the Quakerdale Board of Trustees, I want to thank everyone who had a part in making the 2015 Quakerdale Winter Classic ProAM a great success.
Many hands were involved in making this event a reality. I would like to acknowledge those whose hard work contributed to the success of the first-ever cyber golf tournament.
When the Development Council decided to close the Manning Golf Outing, they also recommended that we replace it with an alternative fundraising effort. Their first suggestion was to use a more traditional fundraising letter until something else could be created. I created that letter and submitted it to our Executive Director, Rob Talbot. After reading it, one of his first comments was, “Isn’t there something we can do that is closer to actually playing golf than just a letter?”
A concept team was formed, and what you all experienced this past week was a result of their work.
Rachel Faircloth (summer intern)
Dave Schwechel (Database Design)
Beth Nederhoff (Data entry)
Micah Thompson, Thompson Designs (Website design, Social media accounts, and all forms used throughout the tournament)
Freelancer.com – ExactPrecsions (Table Templates)
Video & Graphic Arts
Jason Kinney (Training video production)
Freelancer.com – Hempsta (Course tour video editing, Bulgaria)
Freelancer.com – InfinityAdvert (Participant Certificate Design, India. Each participant will receive a personalized numbered certificate similar to the one displayed to the right.)
Quakerdale Board and Executive Director, Rob Talbot
Willingness to innovate
Support throughout the event
Board Chair, Wes Blanchard
Hole Sponsors: Holes 1-9 were hosted by our business partners and holes 10-18 by our ministry partners. Hole 19, extended play from midnight Saturday to midnight Wednesday was hosted by Quakerdale. This year’s business partners were:
Raised $1,000 ($500 for Quakerdale, and $500 for Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends)
For a total of 3,700 points
Ministry Partner Tournament Champion
Teams in this category represent the 11 different ministries supported by Quakerdale
In 2014, these programs delivered more than 3,000 services to people in 60+ Iowa counties, and 5 other states.
90% of the funds raised go directly toward the underwriting of each ministry
Hope4Healing finished with 350 points
Marriage Conference finished with 600 points
Family Services finished with 680 points
Wolfe Ranch finished with 960 points
Promise Academy finished with 1,360 points
Waterloo Campus finished with 2,950 points
Mobile Camp finished with 3,350 points
Eagle Basketball finished with 3,730 points
Van Orman House finished with 4,000 points
And Quakerdale finished with 5,685 points
Our tournament champion for Ministry Partners is Manning Campus
They golfed at a 27 under 257
Had 23 member
For a total of 9,340 points
had 4 members, who
1 extra member joined after the checks were written. That brings their donation total to $100.
had 6 members, who
had 8 members, who
had 5 members, who
had 9 members, who
had 5 members, who
had 15 members, who
Eldora Hy-Vee was a Professional Team partner
had 29 members, who
They had 2 Professional Teams, Aplington Artworks & Three Star Bargain Bay, and one Amateur Team, Dan & Suzie Smith Family, as partners
Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends
had 8 members, who
They were raising funds on behalf of Quakerdale and the Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends. Two additional members joined after the check was written, bringing their total donations to $1,000.
Van Orman House
had 14 members, who
Two additional members joined after the check was written, bringing their total donations to $1,400.
had a tournament record 35 members, who
They had Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends as a 50-50 Partner.
The final check goes to Manning Campus
They had 24 members, who
raised a tournament record $5,340
They had Jim & Deb Auen as an Individual Partner.
The total dollars raised comes to $13,480
As great as that number is, here is what is even more impressive:
We had 161 participants – compared to 15 foursomes (60 golfers) that would have participated in the Manning Golf Outing. These golfers would have been exclusively from the Manning/Carroll area. This event dramatically expanded the demographic reach.
The Winter Classic had:
142 participants from all across Iowa,
18 participants from other states within the US, and
One International participant.
Exposure on Social Media
392,065 impressions on Twitter reached 71,402 accounts.
That’s an average of 5+ opportunities for each person to learn about Quakerdale and one of our ministries.
The week of November 9-14
we had 37 Users, explore 135 pages on our web sites
The week of December 7-12
we had 864 Users, explore 4,615 pages on those same sites
that’s 23 times the Users and 34 times the page views.
This event was a huge success – Thank you for making it happen!
By themselves, the numbers could seem disappointing. But with this being our inaugural event, they meerly set the bar for the next year. With only 5 new subscriptions since December 6th, that is one area in which we can improve. Another important number is the Dollars/Member Ratio; $77.62. Thank you, everyone, for your generosity. Tomorrow, let’s see if we can get subscriptions to match or exceed members. Keep the Drive Alive!
Tournament Director …
Tournament Charities and Quakerdale Ministries (11/17/2015):