Five years ago, members of JHE displayed a tremendous amount of heart and compassion for one of their own. Armed with conviction to assist, Golfing 4 Good was born.
Since then, the annual event has benefitted four extraordinary individuals or groups with an estimated $140,000. The 2015 golf outing is no different with the exception of three heart-felt stories that compel us forward.
Members of our JHE family are facing adversity and need our help.
Natalie Epperly’s niece, nine-month-old Abbey Roney was born Jan. 20, 2015, with a condition of spina bifida called myelomeningocele. Myelomeningocele is a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. In addition, she also had hydrocephalus, a condition in which the primary characteristic is excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain, and Chiari malformation type 2. Born six weeks early at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Vanderbilt, Abbey has demonstrated what “fight” really means. Enduring five surgeries within three weeks of being born and overcoming a lung condition, Natalie says of Abbey, “She is a fighter. She has come through each of these surgeries with resilience and spunk and is showing her own personality.”
Nearly a year ago, Barb Huffman, a former JHE employee, received the worst possible news a mother could hear. Her son had tragically passed away while attending school at Appalachian State University. To honor his spirit of caring and love for others, Barb and her husband, Charlie, started the Grayson C. Huffman Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund was established to provide academic financial support to aspiring young athletes and automotive excellence enthusiasts.
For more than eight years, David Short has been JHE’s go-to resource as a part-time truck driver. The seasoned driver has worked on every aspect of the business from opening ceremonies to experiential activation tours and more. Now, David is facing one of his biggest obstacles and yet still teaches us how precious life is as he battles the final stages of cancer. Eddie White, a friend and colleague of David’s said, “He is a good friend to a lot of people at JHE. He’s a great person to work with, hardworking and would give the shirt off his back to help.”
By participating in the 2015 Golfing 4 Good tournament on Oct. 13 at the Cabarrus Country Club, your support will alleviate some of the associated financial burdens and remind each person how loved they are by this community.
To participate, please visit http://jhegolfing4good.eventbee.com to register for a team sponsorship, an individual player or for tee sponsorships.