Be Like Joe Golf Outing - 2009
Upwards of 150 people came to remember the spirit of their friend Joe Barton on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at the inaugural Be Like Joe Golf Outing. Participants came from as far away as Texas and Ontario, Canada. The event was held at Brookside Golf Course in Joe's hometown of Saline, Michigan.
A buffet lunch, catered by Wings, Pizza and Things of Saline, kicked off the event. Following the 4 person scramble golf tournament, prizes were awarded for first place teams in men's, women's and mixed team divisions. The day concluded with a raffle for several prizes along with a 50/50 raffle.
Jim Magara, of the Be Like Joe Memorial Fund, said "the turnout for our event is overwhelming. It exceeded our initial expectations. I want to thank all of our sponsors as well as everyone who helped organize the event and those who participated today. Today's gathering stands as a true tribute to Joe Barton. We all miss him dearly and always will".
This year's event succeeded in meeting the financial goals of the fund. The proceeds from the event benefit the Be Like Joe Scholarship Award.
The Be Like Joe Memorial Fund once again extends its deepest thanks and gratitude to everyone who donated to, sponsored and participated in our event. Next year's outing will again be held at Brookside Golf Course in Saline, MI.
Special thanks go to : Thomas J. Barton, Kathy Barton, Chris Bender, Matt Bender, Scott Benz, Terry Blovits, Oscar Cotero, Mike Johnson and the staff of Brookside Golf Course, Reggie Kaji, Ben Magara, Melanie Magara, Jan Magielski, Mike Magielski, Bob May, Carl Spina, Anne and Mike Vara and Dominie Wojtowicz.