KLEIN, TX. – The annual A.K. Buddy Brown Klein ISD Education Foundation Golf Classic and silent auction raised $92,400 in its 14th year. The tournament, which was held at the Gleannloch Pines Golf Club, had 180 golfers participate this year.
Every dollar raised from the golf classic is used to fund classroom teacher grants in the Klein ISD. To date, the golf tournament has funded $1,293,842 in teacher grants.
According to Education Foundation director Cindy Doyle, the A.K. Buddy Brown Klein ISD Education Foundation Golf Classic is a perfect opportunity for golf enthusiasts to join together in support of the Klein ISD Education Foundation (KEF) and a great way to help fund classroom teacher grants for the students of the Klein ISD.
The tournament began in 2002 with 93 golfers and raised almost $20,000. In the 14 years the tournament has been running, over 2,000 golfers have participated and net proceeds have exceeded $1 million.
“We’ve been so privileged over the years,” said A. K. “Buddy” Brown, golf tournament chair. “We are very thankful for the business and community sponsors that make this possible and the players and all the volunteers who help us.”
Generous business and community sponsors underwrite the tournament. Campus Kids LLC, Diamond Sponsor for the 2015 tournament, has been a sponsor since 2008.
“We’ve been partnering with the Klein ISD Education Foundation since I started my business in 2008,” said Larry Drown, owner of Campus Kids, LLC. “I was at Klein Forest for 21 years and I know how difficult it is sometimes to raise money and get things that you need for your program and for your school. After I retired and started my business, I knew that if I could give back to the district, I was going to.”
Drown said that his time spent in the classroom as a teacher showed him how important it is to give back to the school system.
“I want to make a difference for kids in this district. The district was good to me and I want to be good to the district and the children in the district. The Klein ISD Education Foundation is a great way for me to do that,” he said. “I want to encourage all other businesses to support the foundation and all the schools because they need it.”
Ray Stanley, President on the Foundation’s board of directors, said the tournament is one of the most important events the Foundation hosts all year long and that the success of the tournament can be attributed to a lot of hard work.
“As our signature fundraising event for the Foundation, it is so important that we do it right,” Stanley said. “I have been involved with many events and understand what it takes to make an event successful. We are blessed to have some fantastic board members, staff and community supporters that log untold hours and effort to make the golf tournament a success. It gives me great satisfaction to be involved with our golf tournament and working with our dedicated team members to make the day the best it can be.”