Ken Rubeli, the Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson, writes a recap of the about the 2013 Natalie Gulbis Golf Classic and her contribution to the Boys & Girls Club.
Historically, our annual golf tournament generated a net profit of $20,000/year. Three years ago we partnered with Natalie Gulbis to develop the Natalie Gulbis Charity Golf Classic and during our inaugural year, our net profit tripled to just over $60,000. Over the last three years, the Natalie Gulbis Golf Classic has generated $220,000 in net profit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson and the event now sells-out months in advance. These funds helped us open a new Boys & Girls Club in West Las Vegas in Spring, 2012. This boutique club is located in a low income residential apartment complex where it runs at near capacity, serving 200 neighborhood kids a year. The funds generated from the Natalie Gulbis Golf Classic have helped us provide year-round services for these youngsters at extremely affordable rates. Currently, the annual membership is only $20 per year.
Natalie is clearly a positive role model for kids and our young members light-up when Natalie visits our clubs. As a way to thank Natalie for her tremendous efforts in raising close to a quarter of a million dollars for our organization and to further capitalize on the recruiting power of her name and personality, we announced during our January, 2013 Natalie Gulbis Golf Classic that we would be naming the new West Las Vegas club the Natalie Gulbis Boys & Girls Club.
In just three years, the Natalie Gulbis Golf Classic has become the premier charity golf event in Las Vegas and we expect annual profits from this event to top $100,000 per year on a go forward basis. Now that the Natalie Gulbis Boys & Girls Club has become a reality, we are enthusiastically preparing for Natalie to periodically visit her club throughout the year as she personally gets to know the kids who attend her club.
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