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2018 Familes FORE Kids Golf Tournament

The Families FORE Kids golf tournament grossed over $50,000 for the first time in it's eight year history.

The tournament took place on June 25th, 2018 at Royal Golf Course in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. This year, EVOLVE saw record-breaking numbers.

Golfers started their day at 11 AM with a shotgun start at noon.
Golfers were met with a beautiful course and beautiful weather!

Team Robert Half took home the trophy for the second year in a row. Golfers Ryan Conn, Sam Makozak, Scott Martin, and Calvin Fisher found EVOLVE through a board member and have been playing a great game since.

Afterwards, golfers came in to enjoy a dinner, silent auction, and program.

The Eiselt family shared with 139 golfers their heartwarming story of adoption. Mike and Peggy Eiselt have adopted five times through EVOLVE. Their eleven-year-old daughter shared, "I think our family is special because even though we're adopted, we treat love the same".

Mike and Peggy with four of their five children.

Jim McDonough, Ramsey County Commissioner , shared with guests his passion for children and his dedication to ending sexual violence, fighting drug addiction, unplanned pregnancy, and ending homelessness. "The work that EVOLVE is doing directly targets these issues, if we can find the root of the problem, we can solve it at it's source." McDonough pointed out that when children age out of foster care, they are significantly more likely to encounter one of these problems.

"When children age out of foster care, the chances of them encountering one of these problems doesn't increase a little, it increases significantly" said McDonough.

McDonough is right. According to the National Council for Adoption, only 58% of kids who age out of foster care graduate high school by 19 and only 3% graduating college by 25. One in four will be involved in the justice system within two years. 71% of young women who age out of foster care will experience pregnancy by 21 and more than one in five will face homelessness.

"This is why the work EVOLVE does is so important."

Nicole Deters, CEO than shared that there is a 20% gap between what EVOLVE charges families and how much our services actually cost. Nicole asked golfers to consider helping close that gap. The response exceed expectations.

Through this Fund-A-Need, EVOLVE raised over $10,000 to go directly towards ensuring that EVOLVE can be as affordable as possible for families. "We are honored by the generosity of others. EVOLVE is dedicated to finding forever families for children and because of that generosity we can continue to do so."

Credits:

Brittany Tedford

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