Vibha’s Dream Golf Event Raises $75K
As the sunlight filtered through the trees at St. Ives Country Club the morning of June 27, the excitement on the course could barely be contained. Eighty golfers, as well as dozens of volunteers, took to the beautiful fields to commence Vibha’s Dream Golf Event, a new undertaking by Vibha to create more fundraising opportunities to aid underprivileged children in India as well as local organizations like the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta (CHOA) and InspiredU. FutureTech was the title sponsor for the event.
[Left] Griff Rogers (left) from Crawford Connections presented the prizes for “Closest to the Pin” to Heather Beers (center) and for “Longest Drive” to Brandon Moore (right).
Other than golfers from the Atlanta metro area, multiple companies flew in participants from Chicago, Charlotte, and Columbus to join the tournament. Industry Captains, CEOs, and VPs of numerous major companies also attended the event, making it a great opportunity for networking and creating connections.
Vivin Vaid, a retired Indian Navy Officer and an avid golfer, spearheaded this event for Vibha due to his passion for golf. “There is so much to learn from these unique individuals: compassion, camaraderie, empathy, sensitivity, or just sheer fun and laughter,” he fondly says of his fellow golfers, “They’re kind souls who count their blessings and recognize that there is another world which needs some extra help.”
The Best Ball Scramble format saw a fierce battle amongst all the 20 teams with the winning score going all the way to -20. There was also tough competition for the longest drive closest to the pin and an opportunity to “Beat the Pro” who was an LPGA player.
[Right] Passionate Vibha volunteers for the Inaugural Vibha Golf Tournament.
First prize for the tournament went to Manny Sharma, Sahile Chawla, and Monty Birk; while the second prize went to Kiran Reddy, Nishil Naik, Christian Radakovich, and Sidik Abubakari. The joint third prize was shared by Griff Rogers, Carey Bond, Jim Praplaski, Matt Edmonds, Abhay Bhootra, Tarun Arora, Rakesh Mahajan, and Vivek Sharan. Heather Beers won Closest to the Pin while Brandon Moore won the Longest Drive.
The tournament was followed by speeches from some of the event’s title sponsors, a lunch banquet, and a prize distribution ceremony. Raj Vuchatu, the executive director of Vibha Atlanta and the lead coordinator of this event, reflected on the success of the event, “It was a grand success not only because we raised funds for the cause but also because we were able to introduce Vibha and its vision to many new supporters. We had great participation with 82 players, 25 sponsors, and are marching towards 75k to be raised from this event.”
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