This Saturday marks the 8th annual Girly Man Open (GMO), a golf tournament dedicated to raising money for breast cancer research. Now this isn’t your typical golf tournament. Its hilarious history starts back in 2008 when 12 friends got together and played golf in dresses to raise money for breast cancer research. Most of the participants had been touched personally by someone close to them being diagnosed with breast cancer. They ended up making $400 that year which sparked their idea to make it an annual event. They have upped the ante with bets, themes, auctions, and costumes raising more and more money every year. In 2014, the GMO had over 100 golfers and proudly donated $12,000 to the cause.
One of the founding members, Nick, just happens to be Mark Hugeback’s son. “I couldn’t be more proud of what my son has helped create. This is so much more than a golf tournament, it is really changing people’s lives,” Mark said. The tournament is complete with sponsorship opportunities, putting contest, mulligans, and has shirts available for purchase.
The tag line of ‘Big or Small, save ‘em all!’ really embodies the atmosphere of the tournament. “No one takes themselves too seriously and everyone is very generous with their giving,” said Justin Bruce, architect at M+H and annual participant of the tournament. “We are all out there to have fun and raise money for a great cause at the same time.”
This year’s theme is Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Ladies of the 80s! For more information or to make a donation please visit: http://funraisersfoundation.wix.com/funraisers