Fall has always been my favorite time of year, and the only downer about the season is that it means the coming closure of charity golf tournament season. There's nothing like spending a day on the links for a great cause.
On Wednesday at River Vale CC, I had the pleasure of attending the Hertz corporate golf outing in support of the Make a Wish Foundation. The good folks at Hertz (who have forever been my rental car company during my frequent travels) were a tremendous help in being part of my winning/receiving the LLS National Man of the Year award, and here they showed once again why they are also #1 when it comes to charity.
Make a Wish is one of my favorite organizations, and they truly change lives with their efforts for kids with life threatening illnesses. $140,000 was raised by Hertz for this most worthwhile charity (making it the top golf tourney in $ raised for M-A-W), and we all had a blast. My thanks at Hertz to Jim Miller (who had everyone cracking up during the raffle), Ed Fontana (Nice speech!), and the lovely Lemore Hecht for their hospitality and doing a fantastic/successful job.
There's only one person I can think of that attends more charity golf tournaments than myself, and he defines the word legend, not only for his history with the Yankees, but his sensing of giving to others by going out of his way making appearances at these type events. And that is one Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra. I see Yogi at all sorts of charity events (especially golf related in the warm months), and he always has a smile on his face, along with a "Yogi-ism" to crack you up. "Mr Berra" is a true gent, and at 86, still hilarious as ever. It's always nice to see him and have a chat. All in all a wonderful day, that had me smiling the whole way home.
Photo courtesy of Antonio Encarnacion