With over 200 golfers in attendance, the 3rd annual Expect Miracles West Coast Classic held on September 19th was a memorable tournament and unforgettable day in the fight against cancer. The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, CA was a stunning venue to host the charity golf tournament that raised critical funds in our journey to find a cure.
The Foundation was honored to host a number of MLB Legends at this year's West Coast Classic and grateful that these gentleman came out to show their support for the cause. Dodgers Manager and former New York Yankee Don Mattingly, Dodgers Legend Maury Wills, and Angels Legend Chuck Finley, took to the course right alongside fellow attendees. Sweet Lou Johnson and Jim Mudcat Grant were present at the post-golf reception to sign baseballs, take pictures, and share some great stories. Steve Lyons, a former Major League baseball player and current Dodgers Commentator was the official event emcee. Lyons energized the crowd and got the post-event reception off to great start. One lucky winner walked away with the Ultimate VIP trip to Vegas!
Not only was Expect Miracles Foundation thrilled to host a golf tournament in California, home to many of it's supporters, but the Foundation was proud to expand its reach nationwide and support the tremendous work of cancer charities in the West Coast. The highlight of the evening was when a $10,000 donation was presented by Expect Miracles Foundation to the Beckstrand Foundation's Art Therapy Program, a deserving charity based in Newport Beach that is enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients and their families everyday. Beckstrand's Art Therapy Program has helped fill a void that existed within the local cancer community and aims to help children and teens with cancer better cope with their diagnosis and prognosis. Lil Spitzer, Executive Director of the Beckstrand Foundation, and her team were present to accept the check from Frank Strauss, Founder & Chairman and Christina Thirkell, Executive Director of Expect Miracles Foundation.
The West Coast Classic is a great opportunity to re-connect with new and longstanding supporters, as we continue to expand and strengthen our impact on the fight against cancer. Expect Miracles Foundation would like to thank all its sponsors, donors, volunteers and participants for an incredible day. We hope to see everyone again next year in California as the West Coast Classic continues to expand year after year.
If your firm is interested in becoming the title sponsor for the 2012 West Coast Classic, please contact Executive Director, Christina Thirkell at 617.515.3241