More than 100 golfers enjoyed a sunny day on the Hermitage Golf Course on Nov. 3, playing in the inaugural HIHO Classic golf tournament to benefit the Hand In Hand Options program in the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Nashville.
“God provided us with a beautiful day for our inaugural HIHO Classic, and having some of our students, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rebecca Hammel, and Bishop J. Mark Spalding there to welcome the golfers made the day even more special,” said Kathy Boles, executive director of exceptional learners for the Catholic Schools Office.
“We don’t have final numbers, but we definitely know we surpassed our fundraising goal of $50,000,” Boles said. “We are thrilled and deeply grateful for the outpouring of support we received and the opportunity our inaugural classic gave us to share information about Hand in Hand Options in our Catholic Schools.” Ed Warner and Kay Dodd served as co-chairs of the event.
The mission of Hand In Hand Options is “to provide an inclusive Catholic education that empowers students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as those with learning differences, to reach their fullest potential,” according to the HIHO website.
Four schools in the diocese, Pope John Paul II Preparatory School, St. Ann School, St. Matthew School, and St. Henry School, serve students with developmental and intellectual disabilities. All 16 diocesan schools serve students with varied abilities.
Funds from the golf tournament “will be used to purchase needed testing supplies and programs for all our schools, as well as provide our teachers the professional development they need to serve all of our students best,” Boles said. “We will also continue building our endowment to strengthen and sustain support for all of our learners with the funds.”
Many great golfers showed up to play, and the tournament recognized winners in two flights. The team of Josh Hazelwood, Brett Wallach, Travis Jones, and Kevin Marker, sponsored by Hazelwood’s State Farm Insurance Agency in Spring Hill, were the HIHO Classic 2022 Champions.
In addition to having many golfers involved, a host of companies and individuals took part in ensuring the success of this inaugural event. Pinnacle Financial Partners committed to being the Presenting Sponsor early in the planning stages, and Hyundai of Cool Springs and Nissan of Cool Springs followed as Title Sponsor.
Other sponsors included Water Hazard Sponsors: Holy Family Church in Brentwood; Our Lady of the Lake Church in Hendersonville; Taylor, Pique, Marchetti and Blair, PLLC; Knights of Columbus Council 9282 at St. Stephen Church and KIND Charities of Tennessee.
Gold Level Sponsors included: Susan Williams and Mike and Elaine Walker; Christ the King Church; Diocese of Nashville Catholic Schools; STAR Physical Therapy; Jason Moore; the Knights of Columbus Insurance Program in Tennessee and Kentucky; Ingram Express Services.
Executive Hole Sponsors and Hole Sponsors included: St. Matthew Church; State Farm Insurance Agent Josh Hazelwood; Middle Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic; Todd Burriello and Ironsmith Fire; Knights of Columbus Council 3763 at St. Joseph Church in Madison; BDT Beverage; Kroeger Real Estate; US Title Search Network Services; Warner Partners; Ragan Smith Associates; the Ishams; St. Henry Church and School; Knights of Columbus Council 9132 at Our Lady of the Lake and KIND Charities of Tennessee; Pope John Paul II Preparatory School; Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee; Richards and Southern; Mother Teresa Church; Centennial Retail Services; Father Ryan High School; Kevin and Michelle Barber Family; Cathedral of the Incarnation; Burgundy Group Advertising; Clark and Carolyn Baker; Lana Boursoulian; First Bank.
In-kind gifts and donations included: Carolyn Baker; Mike Shea; Club Car Inc.; Epice Restaurant; Lola Restaurant; O’Reilly’s Amish Furniture; the Tennessee Titans; the Nashville Predators; MAFIAoZA’s Pizzeria and Neighborhood Pub; Southside Grill; The Golf Sanctuary; Brian Cooper; Diocese of Nashville; Ingram Express; Todd and Lindsey Buriello; Mr. and Mrs. James Tuerff; CS&A Insurance; Roy and Judy Claverie; Williams Family Foundation; Dr. Bill Gavigan; Total Wine and More; Mark and Andrea Hammond; Greg Sandfort; Ed and Jamie Warner; Scott and Dawn Warner; Greko Greek Street Food; Southside Grill; and Darfons Restaurant.
People can still make an online donation to the Hand In Hand Options program by visiting dioceseofnashville.com/hiho.