2020 Annual Review

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2020 Annual Review

From Our Leadership John Roos, Board Chair The year 2020 was very challenging for individuals and organizations of every kind, including First Tee — Triangle. Unanticipated operational requirements stemming from COVID-19 and the global pandemic created new obstacles to providing the services and programs our communities have come to expect. The Board of Directors is happy to report that our team of dedicated staff and volunteers adapted and met these challenges head on to achieve our goal to help young people discover what’s inside of them, guide them to strengthen it, and mentor them to put it into action in everything they do. First Tee — Triangle was able to serve over 900 participants through several programs such as We Make Four, Open Practice, and our traditional golf course programs. We stayed true to our mission to serve young people of all ages and backgrounds through the game of golf. The Board is incredibly proud of our organization’s ability to change and adjust our work. Our coaches, staff, and participants quickly adapted to the new COVID-19 regulations in order to keep programs running. Our program team provided 170 First Tee care packages to our participants, most of them in the Drive4Success program. Coupled with the care packages, our team made over 250 wellness calls to check on our donors and participant families, and mailed 92 handwritten letters to our Birdie, Eagle, and Ace participants. As we look to 2021, we are excited to move forward with our More Than a Game capital campaign to create our new learning center for local youth and a 9-hole par 3 golf course, designed by world renowned golf course architect Gil Hanse. While we are proud of all that we achieved together last year, we also know that during these difficult times, our work is now more important than ever to the young people we serve. On behalf of our Board of Directors, thank you for your continued support and generosity towards our organization and the Triangle’s young people.

Brandon Baker, President/CEO At First Tee — Triangle, we build game changers through our character education programs. This past year more than ever, we have had to use our resiliency skills and show perseverance as we work to serve the community. In addition to creating a comprehensive digital classroom experience last spring, our team made hundreds of wellness calls to our stakeholders, including volunteers, donors, community partners, and most importantly, the kids and families that we serve. We have continued to serve as leaders within the First Tee network by setting the bar for stakeholder engagement. We achieved this by being one of the first chapters in the country to return to in-person programming. Our work to develop new policies and procedures created the necessary framework to get kids back on the course in a safe and healthy manner. As our kids began to return to our programs in the summer, we were met with another opportunity to evaluate how we serve our community. The events that our nation has addressed over the last year gave us an opportunity to reflect on the work that we do. In the fall, we launched a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force to ensure that we are continuing to do all that we can to support our entire community. While there is always room for us to improve, I am extremely proud of the work that we have done over the last decade to bring unique individuals closer together. We are well-positioned to be a leader in our community as we move forward. Both the game of golf and the way we deliver our character education programs give us a unique opportunity to bring together different parts of our community to enjoy a game that we all love. None of this work happens without the support of each and every one of you who choose to invest in our organization. I am incredibly appreciative of our entire First Tee family.


Building Game Changers Character is what you bring to everything that you do. It’s what signifies to the world what’s inside of you. It outlasts genius and talent, yet propels both. It’s what we are admired for and remembered by. It’s what transforms piercing words to inspire you forward rather than tear you down. And it’s what allows you to walk away from failure determined, not defeated. But we aren’t born with it. Character is learned, cultivated, and shaped by our experiences. In a world where social pressures are always-on, where calm and confidence are hard to access, and where perseverance is a required superpower every day, our kids are growing in new environments that are demanding more from them, and therefore more from us. First Tee builds experiences that build character. Experiences are our greatest teacher. We believe in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. We have spent nearly 20 years building experiences that build character to empower kids through a lifetime of new challenges and continuous personal growth.

Current First Tee — Triangle Board of Directors and Executive Committee John Roos Board Chairperson

Fred Mills, Jr. Secretary

Ted Klinck Board Vice Chairperson

Brad George Treasurer

Andy Bilodeau Immediate Past Chairperson

Justin Good At-Large, Facility Chairperson

Laurie Hughes At-Large, Governance Chairperson

Bob Hatley At-Large, Campaign Chairperson

Robert Buhler James Burati Andrea Conner

Jennings Glenn Robert Long, III Bryan Loritts

Scott Mahoney David Morris Reagan Greene Pruitt

Brian Sischo Dewayne Washington T.J. Wyman


Impact in the Year of COVID-19 Kids We Served • • • •

907 participants 50% ethnically diverse 33% female 53% received financial scholarship

• 151 participants certified • 144 volunteers

Digital Classroom • 92 families participated in Google Classroom activities at the beginning of the lockdown


Health and Wellness • 181 rounds played • 442 miles walked • 447 hours played on course

Care for our Community • 250 wellness calls made to donors and participants • 92 handwritten letters mailed to participants • 170 care packages sent to participants

Drive4Success Dave Jones

Drive4Success Coach “I am a proud supporter of the First Tee golf program and have witnessed its many benefits for our students over the years. As an avid golfer myself, it’s obvious that golf is a mental game, where players must control not only their body, but their mind and emotions as they play. The character education aspect of First Tee encompasses this side of the sport.” First Tee — Triangle has partnered with Wake County elementary schools to bring our Drive4Success program to students. Designed around character building, the after-school beginning golf program ran from January-March, prior to schools converting to remote learning. In October, we piloted our first successful Drive4Success trackout camp.

Additional Drive4Success 2020 Achievements • • • •

168 participants 38% female 73% ethnically diverse 53% received financial scholarship


Spotlight: Our Volunteers Austin DeLucia, Volunteer Coach Prestonwood Country Club

“First Tee classes were very different throughout 2020 due to COVID-19, but I was so impressed with how the kids continued to bring a great attitude and were ready to learn and get better. I truly enjoy interacting with kids of all ages and backgrounds and helping them reach their goals both on and off the course!”

Darrel Johnson, Volunteer Coach Wil-Mar Golf Club

“Working with the First Tee — Triangle has been a great experience this year. Even more during COVID-19 because I could see the joy in the kids’ faces when they got a chance to be outside and the opportunity to play with other kids. I could feel the appreciation in their hearts and their golf swing.”

Past Volunteer of the Year Winners Parent Volunteer of the Year 2017 2018 2019 2020

Phil Vivongsy Ben Ceranowski Roger Dattilo Jimmy Conder

Junior Volunteer of the Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020


Andrew Minshew Kelsey Selna Jared Cross Laurenz Gonzales Jiya Patel Tyla McAffity Jiya Patel

Volunteer of the Year

2014 Dan Moore Ben Spiker

Champions Circle

2015 John Mitchell Larry Robbins

2015 Anthony Laffoley Bill Nave

2016 Nancy and Dennis Horstman

2016 Chris Abbate Wayne House

2017 Sam Hodges Peter Pront

2018 Bill Alfano John McDonald

2019 Bob Scott Paul Pfeuffer

2019 Dan Sawyer Hyla Wooldridge

2020 Anthony Laffoley Steve Ogburn

2020 Darrel Johnson Kim Shope

John Marino 2017 Cleve Folger 2018 A. Hobgood, III

Events Champions Challenge | February

Two of our Ace participants, Gabrielle Pace and Anika Bhatnagar, participated in the Champions Challenge tournament in Naples, FL in February.

Kid-Am Annual Tournament | July

This annual tournament pairs players with one of our First Tee — Triangle participants, giving donors a chance to see how our participants can benefit from our programs and guided play.

Family Fun Day | August

We welcomed many of our participants and their families at TriGolf. Participants and family members completed a series of golf games and activities while marking them off on their scorecard.

A Night FORE Champions | October

This was our first completely virtual fundraising event. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, our net proceeds were our highest ever, coming in at over $245,000.

Halloween Event | October

This Halloween-themed event took place at TriGolf where participants arrived dressed in their favorite costumes and played fun Halloween themed golf games.

Core Value Awards | November

We held our eighth annual Core Value Awards Ceremony outdoors at TriGolf. We honored many of our Drive4Success and golf course-based program participants and our volunteers of the year.


Spotlight: Our Youth Golfers Eli Taylor

Birdie Level Participant “First Tee was a lifesaver during the pandemic. If it wasn’t for golf, I would have died of boredom during the summer and fall. First Tee has brought lots of good times and I cannot wait for the 2021 activities. Last year was a little different but we still had the same amount of fun. We had to do temperature checks and wear masks but other than that, things were pretty much the same since golf is already outside. I especially enjoyed the We Make Four at Lonnie Poole and the First Tee golf tournament. First Tee is a great place to be during times like this and I can’t wait for the spring session.”

Tyla McAffity Ace Level Participant “With COVID impacting us this year, it was definitely tough to do the weekly First Tee classes. Even though we were going through tough times, First Tee Triangle did a great job making sure that we still had some type of class and interaction with our coaches. This year, I enjoyed spending time in class, learning and having fun with all of my friends. Most importantly, I enjoyed being able to learn golf in a fun and supportive environment, all thanks to the amazing coaches that I work with. Thank you to everyone at the chapter for all that you do and did during this last year!”


Jiya Patel

Ace Level Participant “2020 brought challenges to everyone, and First Tee handled everything perfectly. Our responsibilities as Coaches and Junior Coaches changed, but for the better of us. The beginning of class consisted of temperature checks, hand sanitizer, and socially distancing from one another. I love how despite all the changes we made to the classes, everyone has a great time. Summer of 2020 was my first year as a Junior Coach for STEM Camp in the summer. Being able to see the kids explore a different side of STEM, along with golf, is an experience I will never forget. I can’t wait to be a part of it again this summer. First Tee programs are like no other; we experience activities to help strengthen our game, and you can’t forget about the famous nine core values taught alongside them.”


More Than a Game Capital Campaign FOUNDING MEMBERS

In January 2020, First Tee — Triangle successfully closed on the purchase of TriGolf (formerly Triangle Golf Complex). This site provides a unique opportunity for us to create permanency for our programs while also allowing us the ability to be centrally located within the Triangle. First Tee — Triangle took over operation of the facility in September 2020. Purchasing this site allows us to achieve our mission-focused goals, while simultaneously diversifying our revenue and driving down the philanthropic investment required on an annual basis to provide this resource to our kids and families. It has become even more critical that we once and for all ensure the long-term sustainability of our program by securing a permanent home location. Thanks to our founding investors and the generosity of world-renowned golf course architect Gil Hanse, we are on our way to reaching the $7M goal to turn this vision into a reality. Phase I ($4.5M) of the TriGolf facility, now complete, includes: •

6.5 acre driving range

9 target greens

33 hitting stations

Grass and mat hitting options

Putting green

Chipping area

Outdoor picnic area

Lighting for evening practice

2020 TriGolf Numbers:


Program Participants

$186,000 Gross Revenue


Le e sv il le

R o ad

Learning Center Play Area Covered Picnic Area

With the support of our community, we will be able to provide a safe haven to countless young people throughout the year. Our Center for Youth Development will be a place where kids can receive positive mentorship, building the strength of character to overcome obstacles and learn to do the right thing even when it’s the hard thing to do.

Driving Range Practice Green Equipment Storage

Phase II ($1M) is anticipated to open in 2022. Amenities of the new Center for Youth Development to include: •

Pro shop

Meeting rooms

Swing labs


Picnic area

Indoor program space

Staff office

Phase III ($2M) amenities of the golf facility to include: •

Nine-hole par-3 course designed by Gil Hanse

250-yard driving range with over 30 hitting stations

8,000 square feet of practice green

Chipping green

Practice bunkers


Capital Campaign Donors A.E. Finley Foundation

Maynard Family Foundation

Air Purification, Inc.

McConnell Golf

Alan and Laurie Hughes

Mills Construction*

Allen and Linda Jones

North State Bank

Andy and Julie Bilodeau

Peter Millar


PGA Tour Charities

Baker Roofing*

Preston Development Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Revels Turf and Tractor*

Bob and Carol Hatley

Robert and Katharine Buhler

Bob and Lynn Scott

Robert Long, III and Etta Buckman

Brad and Allison George

Shirley Tyner

Brian and Kathy Sischo

SLI Capital

Cherry Hill Baptist Church

Smedes York Family


SPS Corporation*

David and Donna Rhode

Steve and Lynn Ogburn

Dean Painter, Jr.

T.J. Wyman

Doug and Susan Baker

Ted and Stephanie Klinck

Ed and Kathy White

Thomas Eller

Fielding and Kimberly Miller

Tift Mann

Forrest Firm*


Fox Family Fund of NC Community Foundation

Trinity Partners*

Fred and Rachel Mills, Jr.

Vino Rosso Fund of Triangle Community Foundation

Gil Hanse and Hanse Golf Design*

Wales Family Foundation

Highwoods Properties

Willard & Willard, LLP*

Howie and Brug Jung James and Julie Forrest James and Mildred Wilkinson Foundation Jeff and Jodi Kleiber Jennings and Allison Glenn Jim Hyler John and Debbie Day John and Tracey Roos Jones Architecture* Julian and Beth Williamson Justin and Jillian Good Kane Realty and Williams Realty and Building Co. Longleaf Law Partners and Longleaf Manager, LLC Mark and Kelly Mulhern Mark and Sarah Sims Chesson


* Providing in-kind support

Financial Scoreboard Total Revenue:

$998,130 7%






Corporate Giving





Individual Giving


Annual Fund Donors Adam and Jen Stephenson Adam Matynowski Adrianne Shelley Alan and Laurie Hughes Alan Sack Alexis Williams Alfred Penny Allen Wilson Amelia Russo Amy Daniels Andrew and Margaret Mariella Andy and Julie Bilodeau Angela Stover Anna and Paul Norment Anonymous Anthony Henry Austin Vevurka Bank of America Barry Gardner Beach Family Foundation Ben Pulliam Betty Franklin Bill Nolan Bill Reduzzi Billie Gotten Billy Mullin Biogen Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Carol Hatley Bob and Louise Orr Bob and Lynn Scott Bonnie Lacasse Brad and Allison George Brad Lang Bradley and Hyla Wooldridge Brandon Baker Brent and Jenny Taylor Brett and Lindsey Danforth Brian and Cheryl Reid Brian and Kathy Sischo Brian Durkin Brian Flynn Brian Krusoe Bryan Pennington Byron Fletcher Cameron Huskey Cape Fear Seafood Company Cara Hughes Carol Goins Carol Thornhill Caroline Ellington Carolyne Pollock Casey Brawner Cassandra Braxton Catherine Hansell The Central National Gottesman Foundation Charles Diggs Charles Dorsey Charles Reeves Chelsea Scanlin Cheryl Cobb Cheryl George Chris and Danielle Herndon Chris and Gail Willard Chris and Nancy Steinauer Chris Wilson Chris Woody


Christie Roeder Christopher Blake Christy Hutson Chuck Denning Cisco Clark Abbott Club Corp Colin Roth Colleen Underwood Corey and Beth Holloway Curt Lawson Cyndi Treadway Dan and Lisa Behanna Dan McKay Dan Sawyer Dana Curle Dana Murphy Daniel and Linda Kaferle Daniel Marusa Daniel Schuster Darrin Bollenbacher Daryl Albury Daryl Funchess Dave and Betsy Rubenstein Dave and Elyssa Nastalski David and Carolyn Shannonhouse David Andrews David Bailey David Cheek David Emswiler David Hollinrake and Keri Brang David Johnson David Matynowski David Morris Davis Griffin Davis Holt Dawn Talton Dawn Wilcox Dean Harry Debbie Murray Debra Sappah Dell Denise Wood Dennis and Nancy Horstman Denny Fingers Devon Tarr Dewayne Washington Dock Wright Don Holloway Dorothea Bitler Dr. and Mrs. William C. Chapman Drew Read Duke Energy Foundation Dustin Zimmerman Dynasty Communications Ed and Ann Marshall Ed and Kathy White Emily Byerly Eric Brooks Eric Davis Eric Sayer Francie Gottsegen Fraser Van Asch Frasier and Janet Wall Fred and Rachel Mills, Jr. Gail Park Gail VanMatre Gary and Brenda Williamson

Gary and Kim Shope George Barillo Gig Harris Gillian Parke Ginny Meihaus Goran Barnes Gregory Marsh Gregory Murray Grifols Therapeutics Gwen Winters H.G. Hill Middle School Hal Garrison Hames Pack, III Heather and Ryan Rand Heather Virdy Heather White-Hanover Hector Rodriguez Holly Childs Howard and Patsy Johnson Howard Jenkins, IV Howie and Brug Jung IBM Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign Jack and Sheila McDonald Jackie McClamb Jacob Schoeb Jacob Smith Jake Colley James and Candan Burati James and Julie Forrest James and Kathy Baker James and Kimberly Morgan James and Meredith McCaskill James Barry Pate James Davis James Gulick Jason and Caroline Baillargeon Jay Goode Jeff and Caren Glenn Jeff and Jodi Kleiber Jeffrey Stillwagon Jennifer Badham Jennifer Cummins Jennings Smith Jeremy Allen Jesse Hood Jessica Diggs Jim Tanner Jimmy and Lillian Lawrence Jimmy Conder Jo Ann Gardner Albrecht Joan Hodge Joe and Jane Gannon Joe McOwen Joe Webb Joel Williams John and Anita Minicucci John and Bess Pitt John and Francis Morisey John and Marie Mitchell John and Nancy Church John and Tracey Roos John Atkins, III John Bok John Carlson John Deere John Meder John Towles

Johnny Chappell Jordan Henningsen Jordan Smith Jose Suarez Joseph Caulfield Joseph Moore Judy Young Julia Fellers-Green Julia Galgano Julian and Beth Williamson Julie Lee June Gatten June Small Justin and Jillian Good Justin Singer Kambrie Murphy Kari Gillespie Kasper Larsen Kayley Kim Keith and Susan Sykes Keith McDonald Kelly Bickel Kelly Ward Kenneth Brown, Jr. Kerry McCarthy Adams Kevin Flynn The Kim Family Kimberly Thompson Kristi Graham Kristin Trangsrud Kyle and Autumn Flynn Kyle Huber Kyle Rogers Kyle Warneke Larry and Debbie Robbins Lauren Player Lawrence Crawford Lee Morris Lenovo Lindsay Wirthlin Lindsey Halas Lindsy Lassere Lisa Lee Louis and Wanda Belline LPGA Amateur Golf Association— Triangle NC Lucas Harrison The Lucy Harper Grier Benevolent Foundation Lyn Maness Lynn Womble Maggie Haas Mandy Moore Mandy Owen Mark and Jenna Thomas Mark Bolash Mark Wilson Marla Myers Martha Schneider Marty and Sarah Pell Mary Ann Poole Mary Elizabeth Entwistle Mary Hall Mary Kwasny Gilmore MaryAnne Gangoy Marygrace Rowlands Matt Furlough Matt Keller

Matt Rebmann Matthew Stanford Maureen Johnson Max Fenske Mercer Griffin Michael and Ami Gearing Michael and Britt Thomas Michael and Cynthia Franken Michael Blount Michael Broderick Michael Ferone Michael Jones, Sr. Michelle Snyder Microsoft Mike Blalock Mike Russo Mitch Heath Morgie Duke N. David Clayton Neill McLeod Nicky Peele Nona Garrett Octagon Old Chatham Golf Club Page and Lynne Hornaday Paige and Ryan Butler Pam Miller Pat O’Leary Patricia Percefull Patrick Mills Paul and Christy Greene Paul and Peggy Pfeuffer Peggy Beverly Peggy Churn Peter and Jo Ann Howard Peter and Julie Kaylid Peter and Marcia Pront Peter Ng Phyllis Carswell

Premium Window and Door Prestonwood Country Club PwC Randy Goins Raymond Carper Reagan Greene Pruitt Rebekah Pressley Reda Kabbany Reid McGhee Richard and Elizabeth Parker Richard Hill Richard Sowell Richard Xiong Rick French Robert and Katharine Buhler Robert Camp Robert Gibney Robert Hofstadter Robert Long, III and Etta Buckman Robert Nowoc Robert Slade Robert Watson Robertson Foundation Robyn Miller Rodgers Family Charitable Fund Romaine Woodard Ross Sumner RTI International Russ McLauchlan Russell Hadley Ryan Diegelmann Ryan Runestad Ryan Thomsen Sam and Ginny Poston Sam McClure Sam Rubenstein Samantha Fletcher Santiago Lucio Santosh Nepal

Sarah Plentl Sarah Simon SCNS, Inc. Scot and Alison Humphrey Scott and Catherine Dillon Scott and Molly Mahoney Scott Matheson Scott McAndrews Sean Hill Sean Record Shelley Dawson Shirley Tyner Smedes York Staley and Christine Gentry Stan Kelly State Employees Combined Campaign Stephanie Honeycutt Stephanie Miller Stephen and Elizabeth Meyer Stephen Edwards Stephen Mcelwee Steve and Lynn Ogburn Steve Lloyd Steven Bowman Steven Paul Shorkey Jr. Stuart Pannill Susan Cutting Sutton Flythe T.J. Wyman Tanner Smith Ted and Stephanie Klinck Terry and Diane Butler Theodore Waechter Theresa Pritt Thomas Devine Thomas Lawler Tiffany Scotton Tim and Deborah Fleischman

Tim and Sonja Overstreet Tim McLane Todd Wall Tom and Phyllis Walker Tom Beebe Tom Stevens Tom Troxclair TowerCo Townsend Family Foundation Triangle Technology Executives Council Tricia Arnett Tripp Brizendine Valerie Derrick Valero Energy Corporation The Van Saun Family Victoria Johnson Vino Rosso Fund of Triangle Community Foundation Virginia Jernigan Walter Jameson, Jr. Walter Martz Wayne and Lois Tilley Wayne House Wil and Cristina Spears Wilbanks Smith & Thomas Asset Management Will Almand William and Louise Duckett William Baker William Flynn William Fyfe Williams Realty and Building Company Wil-Mar Golf Club Worthy Family Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of Renaissance Charitable Foundation Zahira Floyd

Manning Fulton Max Poston Mills Construction NCSU Foundation, Inc. North State Bank Peter Millar Pinehurst Resorts Pinnacle Financial PNC Robbie Armistead Robert Long, III The Rumsey Hartinger Group Sam Poston Southern Bank SPS Corporation

Standard Title State Farm — Clinton Cook State Farm — John Tudor Towne Insurance TowneBank Trinity Partners Truist Trust Company of the South UFP Mid-Atlantic Valero Energy Corporation Wasserman Wyrick Robbins

Event Sponsors 1-800-PACK-RAT Accreditation Commission for Health Care Andy Burnette Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Bojangles: Tands, Inc. Bojangles: Tri-Arc Food Systems, Inc. Cary Oil Coastal Credit Union Curi Custom Brick and Supply Co. Doug Baker Edgewater Ventures First Citizens Bank

Grady Hedrick Landscaping & Hydroseeding Harold K. Jordan & Co., Inc. Highwoods Properties Home Builders Supply Hospital Physician Advisors James and Mildred Wilkinson Foundation James Maynard Jones Architecture Kane Realty Corporation Ken Lee Longfellow Real Estate Partners Longleaf Law Partners

Thank you all for your support of


3737 Glenwood Avenue, Ste. 415 Raleigh, NC 27612 919.239.8056 Info@FirstTeeTriangle.org www.FirstTeeTriangle.org

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