Auction and Golf Tournament another successful event for Tall Timbers Foundation

By Vann Middleton, Director of Operations & Support

On the evening of September 22, over 200 Tall Timbers supporters packed the main dining room at Glen Arven Country Club in Thomasville to raise some fun and a lot of much needed funds in support of the Tall Timbers Foundation. In what has become an annual tradition, the Kate Ireland Memorial Auction serves as a critical component of our annual fundraising needs. With plenty of great items to bid on in both the silent and live auction, the evening’s patrons were treated to a wonderful evening of delicious food, drink and lively bidding.

When the dust finally settled and the final gavel struck the block, the evening’s net proceeds generated over $130,000 for the Foundation, far surpassing our budgeted goal. By far our largest annual fundraiser, the Auction provides critical financial support that help supplement the operating needs of the research, conservation and education programs of Tall Timbers. A gracious thank you to all who donated items, provided financial support or participated in the evening’s festivities. Your support is greatly appreciated!

The following morning, eighteen golf teams hit the links at historic Glen Arven in pursuit of the coveted Kate Ireland Cup and bragging rights as champions of the Tall Timbers Invitational Golf Tournament. A crisp autumn day greeted the golfers at Glen Arven. As usual, the scores were low and the competition fierce. Roars reverberating on the back nine when Todd Mills struck a perfect 6 iron on the 13th hole for a hole in one – the first ever recorded in the 17 year history of the tournament. Congratulations Todd! At the end of the day, the team of David Cochran, Michael Douglas, Chris Newman and Corey Butler took home first place honors with a blazing net score of 52.

Golf Tournament Winners

L-R: Micharel Douglas, David Cochran, Corey Butler (not pictured: Chris Newman)

Thanks to all who participated and as always, we are grateful for your support of Tall Timbers. See you next year!

Auction Photo Album


At left, Bernie Lanigan and Daphne Wood; at right, George Simmons, Chip and Sheila Melton

Checking out auction items       

At left, checking out the auction items; at right, Kevin and Kathleen Kelly.

Auction items       

At left, Danny and Kathy MacQuirter; at right auction items donated by Tall Timbers supporters.

Vann Middleton       

At left, Vann Middleton, Tall Timbers Director of Operations & Support, who organizes the auction & Golf Tournament each year, encourages the guest to bid; at right, Gates & Brandy Kirkham.      

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