Tallahassee, FL - September 21, 2012
It's football season in Tallahassee and it's not only a time to get together to support the Seminoles but also a time for local organizations to give back to the community. Old School Society Co-Founder, Adam Corey says "we wanted to try to put something together that showed that we're not just individually supportive but we're collectively supportive and that's how the Old School Open and this golf tournament was born."
Founded in 2005, Old School started as a place to bring family and friends to tailgate before games as well as support the Florida State community and its local charities. Corey states "I think that it's important for us to do this because all of us that are members of Old School met through charitable giving. We met because of our love and appreciation for Florida State. That's why we're here."
The Old School Open is a series of events that benefit 3 charitable organizations, the Kidz1stFund, Seminole Boosters and The FSU Dedman School of Hospitality. Kidz 1st Fund Director of Operations, Cameron Ulrich, says "they can come to an organization like Old School and for a very small entrance fee make such a big impact especially when they can bring friends, have a good time, and it's just a lot of fun." At last years event, the Old School Open raised $100,000 for the Kidz1stFund, the organization started by FSU football coach, Jimbo Fisher and his wife, Candi. Their mission is to raise awareness and help find a cure for Fanconi Anemia, a rare disease that affects their youngest son, Ethan and thousands of other kids. Corey says, "we decided to support the Kidz1stFund because it's helping children and it's not just helping children, it's helping adults but at the same time it's important to the coach and the coach is important to us."
Since Fanconi Anemia is a very rare disease, there is very little federal funding for research. Ulrich states "we would love to have Old School help us year after year and as far as our goal to the University of Minnesota, it's the largest FA treatment center in the country, and our goal is to deliver to them every year 500 thousand dollars, that would basically double their annual research budget." While not everyone will be able to attend all the events at Old School, there are still plenty of ways for people to get involved and help out. You can make a donation online at Kidz1stFund.com or by making purchases at the following locations, 4 TLH Planet Cellular locations, all 12 TLH Tropical Smoothie Cafes, Garnet & Gold stores and TLH Doorstep Delivery online.
Whether you are supporting Florida State Athletics through the Seminole Boosters, The FSU Dedman School of Hospitality or the Kidz1stFund, the Old School Open is a great way to enjoy the weekend and make a difference at the same time. According to Corey, "we just want to be something that helps this community and helps our Seminoles."
For more information on Old School and the charities they are supporting, go to www.oldschoolopen.com