A Golf Tournament for Melanoma

May 6, 2012, In: Family Life

Last week, Brett and I were in Iowa working on the Steve Yates Memorial Golf Tournament to raise money for Melanoma research and awareness of this horrible disease. It was our way to give back and attempt to make something positive out of such a negative experience of losing my father-in-law last year.

Steve Yates Memorial Golf Tournament

The group reviewing the rules and getting ready to golf.

The event was held last Saturday, April 28th in Waterloo, IA. And other than the weather – it was 40 degrees and raining – the day was a total success! It took place at the local golf course where Steve taught his sons to play golf and where we would often golf at on our multiple visits. It was the perfect setting for our fundraiser. A great place for many of Steve’s co-workers, friends, and family members to gather to remember the remarkable man he was on the anniversary of his death.

Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course

Golfing with Brett and his parents back in 2008.

We were humbled and amazed by the level of support we have received throughout the process. The planning committee has been absolutely wonderful; meeting on a monthly basis, supporting my mother-in-law, asking for prize donations and sponsorships, and working on the many preparations necessary.

Speaking of sponsors, they have also been wonderful. When we first started to plan the event, we thought we were aiming a bit too high with our platinum sponsor levels. But, it turns out we have had 8 platinum sponsors come on board! We have also had 5 gold sponsors, and 29 silver sponsors.

Sponsor signs were spread throughout the course.

However, I think the most surprising was the news we received the week before the event. We had reached the maximum number of golfers the course could hold. We had actually sold out our shot-gun start golf event at the end of April! Thirty-six teams of four sign up to play. It’s given us so much encouragement to do it again next year!

We cannot thank everyone enough for all of their help and support! In the end we raised over $15,000 for melanoma research! The money goes directly to the University of Iowa Foundation to be used in research to fight melanoma in Iowa.

The Yates’ family donating a large check to the University of Iowa

Our family is continuously encouraged by Steve’s doctor, Dr. Mohammed Milhem, the head of the melanoma department at the university. We met with him earlier in the week to talk about the advances in research to cure melanoma and the Midwest Melanoma Partnership, which is a group Dr. Milhem was central to forming. This group will help doctors work together and communicate about their research. This is critical to speeding up research and the clinical trial process to help patients have access to information and treatments faster.

The goal is to save lives and help families not have to go through what we did. We are very proud to be part of moving toward this goal and look forward to another great event next year.

For more photos and information about the event, I invite you to check out the website we created at http://www.steveyatesmelanomaawareness.org.

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    What a beautiful thing to be a part of. And a wonderful way to honor your father-in-law.
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    Thats amazing! Giving back feels so great.
    I am attending a fundraiser next week in honor of my friends four year old daughter that lost her battle with luekemia. She started the foundation Gianna Nicole's Heart of Hope in order to help other families with their finances in their time of duress. I think she is amazing to want to help others after suffering such a loss.
    I will be posting pics from the event next week.
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    Awesome cause!! Great way to honor your FIL.
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    What a lovely way to turn something so hard into something so wonderful.

    Happy SITS day!

    • anotherjennifer
    • June 22, 2012

    What a wonderful way to honor your father-in-law. I'm sure he was smiling down on you all. Sounds like it was the perfect day. And you raised money for a good cause!

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    that's awesome! just read your post when you announced that he had passed away. loved the email that was sent to the family!

    happy sits day~!
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    • MeganSweeney
    • May 11, 2012

    It's so awesome you guys are doing this in honor of Steve. Although it makes me want to cry, the photo of Steve, Lani & Brett is a beautiful one!

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    Hi Deanna! This is amazing. :)

    Hats off to you for supporting a worthy cause and for raising funds that will make a huge difference in other people's lives. It's inspiring to read such good news at the beginning of the week,

    I'm dropping over from the SITS and it's so nice to meet you! :)
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      Hi Jayme. Nice to meet you too! Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words. Yes, we hope that our work will help others and maybe even save a life someday. All the best!

    • Rachel
    • May 7, 2012

    i love your blog! and thought i'd stop hiding and say hi :) also, you guys are so inspiring with all of this work you are doing for melanoma research. i am really amazed at how you guys have turned such a sad event into something so positive and heart warming. keep up the good work!! (and come and visit dan and i again soon!)

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      Hey Rachel! You are too cute! Thank you for the encouragement and kind words. We'd love to come out for a visit again so thank you for the invitation. And if you're ever out in Colorado, you two are always welcome here of course.

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    That is so awesome! What a great accomplishment! I also love that you donate a percentage of your proceeds from your Etsy shop. That is great! Thanks for visiting my blog today! I would love for you to check out my giveaway:
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      Thanks! Yes, fighting melanoma has become a big thing in our house and family. Every little bit helps! Your giveaway was great. Super cute water colors and inexpensive too!

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    Congrats on the success of your event! You should be proud of yourself, not only for the money you raised for a cause close to your heart, and not only for the hard work it takes to hold a charity event, but for turning something negative into a positive for you and those around you!

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