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Schupan & Sons’ Rich Holtz Golf Outing offers participants a hole-in-one experience; Marc Schupan, CEO Of Schupan & Sons, tells us more.

Organization: Schupan & Sons

Event: 19th Annual Rich Holtz Golf Outing

Date: June 14, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort

What makes this event so special to you?

This event is our way of doing something positive in the community while honoring an incredible employee. Rich Holtz had been an employee of Schupan & Sons since early in our company’s history and served as the Vice President of Shipping and Recycling for many years. Rich constantly battled the diabetes that he had been diagnosed with as a child. At one point, he was nearly blind but still ran three of our facilities. That’s just the kind of guy Rich was. He had incredible heart and never complained—he was an inspiration. So, that’s why we started a charity event for Diabetes treatment. As time has gone on and the event has grown over the past 19 years, we now also support Big Brothers Big Sisters.

What can participants expect?

From the moment people arrive in the morning, we want them to have a great day and not worry about anything but golf. After registration and a light breakfast, the games begin. We rent out two courses so there are many different friendly competitions going on. Seelye Auto Group also brings a car for each course; if you get a hole-in-one, it’s yours. We also have two golf pros join us from Grand Rapids. They have one hole on each course where you can try to beat the pro, or pay five dollars to have them take your drive for you. After everyone finishes their last hole, guests come to the clubhouse and dinner awaits. During this time, I will say a few words, then Rich’s wife, who always attends, may also speak in memory of her late husband. Then the day concludes with a live charity auction. In the past we auctioned off suite tickets for Western Michigan University football games. This year, we also have passes to the Michigan International Speedway for NASCAR races.

What is the impact of the event?

This event has a loyal following of people from all over. We have regular attendees from Tennessee, New York, Wisconsin, and even Alabama. But all the proceeds go directly to the community. Instead of the national American Diabetes Association, we’re going to give the proceeds to Borgess Diabetes & Endocrine Center and our local Big Brothers Big Sisters. It’s good to support national organizations, but there is a lot of need right here in our community.

How can we register or become a patron?

Visit schupan.com.

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