On the afternoon of May 16, 2019, golf foursomes with team names such as, The Broker, The Friends, and the Indian Creek Warriors teed-off at the Baltimore Country Club’s Five Farms East Course in Lutherville, MD to raise funds at the LET’S GO Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Silent Auction Reception. In all, nine foursomes took part in the golf tournament. The event committee comprised of co-chairs, Rick Spivy and Jim Arrison as well as LET’S GO Board members Bob Kavetsky and Yanni Neibuh spent several months planning this entertaining and successful event for donors.
The event began with a welcome lunch followed by a shot gun tournament start. The dinner reception included the annual Silent Auction, golf tournament awards ceremony, and a very special presentation by two of LET’S GO’s STEM Scholars from Govans Elementary School.
At the awards ceremony, the golf tournament winners below were celebrated and awarded their honors:
On display at the reception were the Arduino circuit boards and FIRST LEGO League robots built by Govans Elementary School students. Fifth-grade STEM Scholars Talia Thomas and Jaden White from Govans Elementary School’s FIRST LEGO League Dragons After Dismissal Team dined with donors and explained the intricacies of building and working with the circuit boards and robots. During dinner, the STEM Scholars gave inspirational presentations in which they shared their personal perspectives of their STEM program experiences and their aspirations for the future. Talia is a planning a future as a geologist and Jaden is planning to attend MIT and become a software engineer.
In the fall, Jaden will begin advanced science and mathematics classes as part of The Ingenuity Project, a comprehensive, advanced math and science instructional program for gifted and advanced Baltimore City students in grades 6-12. Jaden and Talia both wish to join their middle school’s robotics team and will return to Govans to mentor next year’s robotics team after their school day. Both Talia and Jaden have siblings who have or will participate in LET’S GO’s programs at Govans, making LET’S GO an integral part of their families’ academic success. LET’S GO team members, Amanda Porter, STEM Director and Debbie Dininno, Baltimore Area Director have played instrumental roles in the development of these students’ STEM identities.
The evening closed, with a rousing gesture by Rick Spivy, LET’S GO Golf Tournament Chair and Board Member, who took the Silent Auction live to pit one bidder against another to increase the funds raised. Six unique experiences or golf clubs were auctioned off. The combined golf tournament and silent auction raised over $50,000 for LET’S GO program activities.
The LET’S GO family extends its sincere gratitude for all the golfers who participated, the donors who contributed prizes for the Silent Auction, and to the bidders who won prizes. Their donations will help make dreams come true for our STEM Scholars and many more.