This summer solstice, Stillwater’s Brad Gombold will be hitting the golf course early — 4:30 a.m., to be exact.
If all goes according to plan, he won’t stop playing until 9:30 p.m., about 100 holes later.
It’s a challenging feat for anyone, much less someone who’s played fewer than 100 holes of golf combined in the last year. But for Gombold and his golfing partners, this particular day won’t be about the score.
Gombold and seven others will use a 100-hole “golf-a-thon” as a vehicle to raise funds for the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance (MBIA) on June 21. It’s the second annual iteration of “Birdies for Brains,” which last year managed to fetch more than $10,000 in one day.
This year, the eight golfers are aiming to double that amount.
Each golfer is soliciting pledges of any amount for every hole they can golf. Given that White Eagle Golf Club in Hudson, Wis., is providing free tee times, the group has no overhead — meaning they’ll donate every penny of what they raise.
Most of the funds will go to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, a non-profit that supports Minnesota individuals and families affected by brain injury. A portion of the money raised will also go to the Kryzers, a St. Paul family whose story of courage in the face of incurable illness has garnered local media attention.
According to the MBIA, 100,000 of the 5.3 million Americans suffering disabilities from brain injuries live in Minnesota. Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults.
“I know firsthand the impact that brain injury can have on a family,” says Gombold, who runs an insurance company based in Maplewood. “My niece is a Gilette Miracle Kid, having suffered severe brain shearing in a car accident. That’s one reason I’m so passionate about the value of insurance — and one reason I’m so eager to be a part of this event.”
Gombold’s company, Preferred Insurance Services, will be matching every dollar pledged in Gombold’s name with an additional .50 cents, up to $1,000.
“Giving back is a core vale at Preferred Insurance Services and we are encouraged by the opportunity to serve the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and the Kryzer family,” Gombold said. “We are excited for our friends, family, clients and associates to assist in this effort by sharing this information with their personal and professional networks.”
Prior to joining the Hamline University women’s soccer team as an assistant coach, Gombold was a successful coach in the St. Croix Soccer Club.
To learn more, visit http://www.preferredmn.com/about-us/our-blog/birdies_for_brains_golfing_for_a_cause or contact Kim Gombold at firstname.lastname@example.org.