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One Enchanted Evening

We appreciate the irony that our mission is to serve community members with the greatest need, or at the greatest risk, yet Caroline Emerson and I spent several hours last evening in the world class, storybook environment of Keswick Hall helping to further that mission.

We are privileged to have Keswick host and sponsor our Keswick-United Way Golf Classic, which is on July 27 this year. Last night NewsRadio 1070 WINA, another tournament sponsor (along with State Farm Insurance) broadcast its signature sports show, “The Best Seat in the House” with our favorite sports host, Jay James, live from the terrace of  Fossett’s bar. We called it our tournament registration party.

Keswick_Promo_with_JJ_020 You would think it could not get any better than sitting on the terrace overlooking the Arnold Palmer designed golf course and infinity pool on a beautiful summer evening, but it did. Jay’s special guest was University of Virginia head baseball coach Brian O’Connor, fresh from his team’s amazing journey to the College World Series.  He sets the example of class, sportsmanship, drive and determination for coaches at all levels of sports. I admit to asking him to sign a baseball for my family, as we have followed his teams for several years and stayed up way past our bedtimes several nights during their post season run.

Chef Craig Hartman also stopped by for an interview and brought with him some amazing crab cakes – Jay James certainly won’t forget this remote broadcast anytime soon! Coy Barefoot, host of “Charlottesville Right Now” is next in line for the royal treatment as he will also be broadcasting live from Keswick, probably on July 9. Then Rick Daniels and Jane Foy will get their chance the morning of the tournament.

We joke about what a tough job we have when we have the opportunity to “work” at Keswick, but we are serious about doing whatever we can to bring together the resources to bring about positive changes in people’s lives. The funds raised through this golf tournament will help children and families, individuals needing access to health care and prescriptions, those working toward self-sufficiency and many others in our community. Won’t you join us on July 27 at Keswick as a golfer and/or a Hole Sponsor?


Posted by Kim Connolly.

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