The Hacker’s Foundation will host its sixth annual “Invitational” event on Saturday October 3rd at Avery Ranch Golf Club, located at 10500 Avery Club Drive in Austin. The event is comprised of a four person golf “scramble” preceded by food and beverages and followed by an early evening ceremony where the event winners will be recognized and prizes from local sponsors will be raffled and auctioned in order to raise money and awareness for The Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas, (http://bcrc.org) a 501c3 organization staffed by breast cancer survivors to provide assistance to those diagnosed with breast cancer as they confront obstacles that stand in the way of their treatment or affect their quality of life.
The efforts of 144 + golfers, over 20 volunteers, and over 60 local sponsors, make the Hacker’s Foundation golf tournament a success. Over the last 6 years, the event has grown from a $1,300 fundraiser to over $17,000, with 2015 set to become the biggest year yet. The contribution could never grow year over year without the help of local sponsors to join The Hacker’s Foundation in their fight.
The Hacker’s Foundation in and of itself has very little operating costs and every event held 100% of all monies after costs get donated directly to the charity.
The genesis of the Hacker’s golf tournament for charity were the losses of 2 mothers to breast cancer– Ann Gutshall in 2009 and Carolyn Hamm in 2004– who were close to many friends who love to golf and have fun together. It is the coming together of people to honor and remember their lives that makes the Hacker’s event so special. However, it does not stop there: others who have lost their wives, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, nieces, and girlfriends to breast cancer have gravitated to the event over the years. Women in their lives have since been diagnosed. The Hacker’s Foundation has learned over time EVERYONE is affected by breast cancer.
New this year is a banner forming both digitally and physically that serves as a place of honor for both breast cancer survivors and those who have passed on from this awful disease. Aptly named The Hacker’s Banner of Courage(http://www.thehackersfoundation.org/banner-of-courage/2015-banner-of-courage/), this banner will take on a life of its own, to be displayed in as many places as humanly possible, with the intention of bringing healing and honor to the women and their families who are facing or have faced breast cancer. A $100 donation is suggested but not mandatory; The Hacker’s Foundation wants to bring as much healing and honor to as many women and their families by honoring their names alongside others who have shown such courage in their fight. You can add your loved ones name to the banner by simply filling out a form on the Hacker’s website: http://www.thehackersfoundation.org/banner-of-courage/add-name-to-banner/
“When I first launched the charity aspect of the tournament in 2010, I felt that Ann and Carolyn needed to be remembered. I wanted to bring some level of healing to good friends,” said E. G. Aguilar, founder of The Hacker’s Foundation, “I had thrown many golf tournaments over the years just for the fun of it; those prior events provided the platform to start making a difference. When I saw the look on my friend’s faces when they saw their mother’s names on a banner, I knew were starting something special.”
The Hacker’s Foundation chose Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas. “We knew that eventually we would start raising money that would make an impact.
We wanted to give this money to an organization that is actionable in the community. BCRC has done nothing but prove to myself and others involved time and time again that they are on the front lines of engaging with women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, at all stages. Staffed by Survivors they know firsthand what these women and their families really need” says E. G. Aguilar. “Unfortunately, women close to those who play in the event have been diagnosed with breast cancer and their husbands have come to me with this news. I have witnessed in the course of a single day of making BCRC aware of the situation, a representative from BCRC visit the homes of those diagnosed to provide comfort and expertise. We are proud to be associated with the Breast Cancer Resource of Texas.”
The Hacker’s Invitational Golf Tournament is open to the public and anyone can play. Most of the people are “invited” by friends. When you play in the Hacker’s, you become part of a growing family of individuals and businesses who want to make a difference. Anyone interested in participating can sign up online via the Hacker’s website at http://www.thehackersfoundation.org/register/sign-up/.
Food and beverages are provided by sponsors like Heineken, Dos Equis, Twin Peaks, and Smokey Mo’s BBQ. Awesome prizes are contributed by great local sponsors such as YETI Coolers, Steiner Ranch Steakhouse, Uchi, Top Golf, Alamo Draft House, Arbor Car Wash, and many more. Monies are contributed by the players themselves, through a portion of their entry fees as well as onsite donations. Top sponsors such as Lincoln Investment, KW Gutshall and Associates, Brink Bennett Flaherty, Austin Real Estate Partners, Denbow Company, Covert Buick GMC, and many others carry the load as far as the financial contributions. New sponsors are added every day with plenty of options for any budget. If your organization would like to get involved, visit the Hacker’s website sponsor section at http://www.thehackersfoundation.org/sponsors/become-a-sponsor/.