Ryan’s Reach Charity Golf Tournament
In June we had the Annual Ryan’s Reach Charity Golf Tournament presented by Aitken, Aitken and Cohn Law Firm and sponsored by TV Ears. This year it was held at the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club and we lucked out with amazing weather and a nearly full field of golfers. Ryan’s grandfather, Pat Boone, always attends and plays in the tournaments and shares our families’ deep thanks for all who participate. Ryan is there at the dinner and this year we enjoyed a hysterical comedian, Robert G. Lee who sent all home laughing and in a great mood. Happy to continue the Ryan’s Reach scholarships to High Hopes Head Injury Program we have been providing for 15 years now.
18th Annual Dove Dash 5K/10K
Then we rolled right into planning the 18th Annual Dove Dash 5K/10K and Pancake Breakfast. Not going to lie, it’s pretty hard to put on this event in the three short months after just wrapping up the golf tournament but Laura Lee Fekete is our Eveready Energizer Bunny. She is the Dove Canyon resident who started the Dove Dash in 2001 and welcomed Ryan’s Reach to come along side the planning committee and be the recipient of all the funds raised. We have worked on this event together since 2006. She now works for Ryan’s Reach all year long but she is the inspiration and super sauce for the Dove Dash for sure. Thank you to Laura Lee for the hours and hours of work that go over and above what we ask her for, by a long shot!!
This year was much like last year’s Dove Dash with approximately 700 registered participants, 2 classes of OC sheriff’s recruits volunteering to run the 5K and bring awareness to Ryan’s Reach by being there plus they bring their own donation. Thank you once again to Vons Pavilion /Albertsons for donated the pancake breakfast. We sold out our tables to sponsors in our community and are so grateful that they come every year to participate.
The funds we raise with this event also go towards the scholarships so that TBI survivors can keep getting needed therapy when otherwise they have pretty much run out of money and options.
Every 6 months our Ryan’s Reach board meets to discuss these scholarships and based on the funds we have raised with these two annual events we have been able to give 8 – 10 people ongoing therapy at this very impressive non-profit head injury program. We’ve been doing this for around 15 years. Ryan attends High Hopes 3 days a week and we are so grateful for all the ways the staff works with him to keep the progress he’s made over the 17 years since his accident but also to encourage more progress. Even if there is no more progress to be made we know that if you stop getting therapy there will be regression, losing all the progress you worked so hard for. So you can’t imagine how meaningful it is to our scholarship recipients to have Ryan’s Reach help them attend High Hopes.
****Please note though that NONE OF THE FUNDS we raise for Ryan’s Reach goes to Ryan Corbin. He is among the few fortunate survivors who received a settlement that could really meet his needs. He has caregivers 24/7 as well as therapy every day. This frees up Mike and me to keep moving Ryan’s Reach forward.