The 13th Annual Hacker Classic will be coming up soon. August 10, 2019 at the Shelby Oaks Golf Club with an 11:00 am shotgun start.
This year's family that we will be attempting to provide some assistance to will be the family of Dave Hurley. Dave was kind enough to write down some things for us to share.
"In February 2019, my wife Gina and I received a phone call that my sister-in-law needed help. She was going through some difficulties and was not able to be the parent that she wanted to be to her five children. She had been facing some challenges and was asking for our help. She did not want her children to go into the foster care system. I realized at that time we needed to take the kids. It wasn't until April that we had obtained temporary custody of the children and were able to enroll them to Anna Local Schools. Prior to that Gina had been working third shift and driving the kids from Anna to Piqua to go to school.
In February I had been evaluated by my physician because I had a swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck. after having an ultrasound, CT scan, and evaluated by ENT it was discovered that I had a mass on my tongue and there was a spot on my tonsil. I was then scheduled for a biopsy of the mass. In March, I was diagnosed with stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma of right oropharyngeal cancer. I was taking the information in and trying to wrap my head around it. After the biopsy my wife, ex-wife and I set my sons Carter and Keenan and daughter Maura down and told them my diagnosis. I was at a loss for words, looking into their innocent eyes and having to tell them that 'Dad has cancer'.
I was scheduled to have a PET scan and of course I had to wait on insurance approval. Finally, I was able to meet with oncologist and radiation oncologist to determine a treatment plan. The PET scan revealed that the lymph nodes on the right side were positive for cancer. My treatment plan has been radiation five times a week with a total of 35 treatments and chemotherapy one time a week for seven weeks at UVMC Cancer Care Center. I told myself that I was going to have to work as long as I was able to. I had been able to work until about June 1 until the side effects of treatment were starting to hit me that I just couldn't take the twelve hour shifts any longer. Aunt Millies has been willing to work with me and has been very supportive and understanding.
I am at the stage where I do not have much of a voice. My voice is a whisper so when I am trying to get the attention of my two year old son Keenan it can be quite challenging. I am using hand motions or pounding my hand on the table to get his attention.
I am often asked, 'How are you going through this with all these kids?' Having family and community support I have been able to. I am reminded by my daughter Maura, 'Hurley's never give up'. She is right, I am not giving up!" - Dave Hurley
I hope that you will consider joining us for this year's Hacker Classic Golf Outing. It will truly be another special year, coming together as a community to help a family that really needs our support! You are the #giveback spirit of the Big Four Foundation!
Teams can register, sponsors can purchase plans, and you can even simply donate funds by going to our Event Caddy web page for this year's scramble.
Hacker Classic Tournament Page
The 12th Annual Hacker Classic Golf Outing was once again a huge success. We reached new records in the number of teams competing, sponsors donating, and silent auction items won!
Most of all, we raised several thousand dollars for the family of Carson Shoffner! Carson was able to attend and be there with us as he is still recovering from brain surgery. We were blessed to have him and the whole Shoffner family in attendance for dinner.
We are so grateful for all of our sponsors, as well as all of our golfers who participated in the golf outing this past Saturday. We couldn't do what we do without each of you and your #giveback spirit!
Please stay tuned to our web site and our social media accounts as we will engage our community like never before and will be looking for more families to help during their time of emergent need.
From all of the members of the Big Four Foundation, thank you!
This year's Nearly World Famous Hacker Classic Golf Outing is SOLD OUT!!!
We have 32 amazing teams that have come to the aid of a family in need and we can no longer take any more teams!
We appreciate those who have gotten their teams registered, and we apologize to those that were not able to get their teams in.
We hope that you will look us up next year and get ready for an amazing day of golf, fun, and many more prizes.
August 11, 2018 is quickly approaching. We hope that you will join us to help the Kevin and Jenni Shoffner family as they support their son Carson in his recovery. Carson has gone through surgery to remove a cavernous angioma from his brain and is currently at home getting used to being a normal 10 year old again.
We still have room for teams as well as sponsors. Sponsors will need to get their information in this week as we will be ordering hole signs and wrapping up our preparations for the day of the event.
We love our sponsors and our golfers. None of this would be possible without you.
It seems like just yesterday, but two years ago we reached out to the Stammen family when news had traveled to us about their son David fighting against cancer and for his life. We were able to meet this amazing young man and help him and his family in their fight against the disease. David has since been given the diagnose of remission, and is living the life a high school student athlete should.
David went to state last year in the discus, and made it to regionals this year. He was also able to walk across the stage and accept his diploma as a Houston High School graduate.
Congratulations David on all the hard work. We can't wait to see where life will take you, and the impact you will make on the lives of those around you. Keep fighting the good fight.
Best wishes from all your friends at The Big Four Foundation!
It is with great excitement that the members of The Big Four Foundation would like to announce our official 501c3 status as a charitable organization.
This will bring more help to families in need, as well as more opportunities for businesses and individuals to help.
Look for more communications within the coming days and weeks as we get geared up for our Hacker Classic Golf Outing on August 11th.
Everything has a season, and every great idea has it's moment. We can look outside and see the beginning of spring showing us that another season is beginning to move on, and yet another one is right around the corner.
The Big Four Foundation has been quietly and unassumingly helping families in emergent situations within our community for the past twelve years. We have seen times of great prosperity, and we have witnessed those lean years where money was tight. We have given all that we have in our model of volunteerism, and even asked the community to get involved as well. We have a heart and a mission to help people in need and this will never change.
Coming soon we will be announcing the changes coming forward for the Big Four Foundation. We are expanding our board of directors in accordance with our application to the state to become an official 501c3 charity with the State of Ohio.
In order to accomplish this part of the task, as well as welcoming those new members we will need your help. The community of people willing to reach out their hands to help someone else is where this charity began, and we are reaching out to you now asking you to help us once again. We are asking you to extend that hand of help, so that we can extend your hand into the lives of those who need that assistance.
If you can help us, please follow the link and donate directly to us. Every little bit helps, so don't think that you and your two dollar donation don't make a difference. None of us take a salary or any payment, so your two dollars means a lot in someones life when we put them all together. Soon we will be able to reach out to businesses and other entities that can help us to achieve great things in this community that we love. We are asking you to join us. Be a part of the #giveback spirit that started years ago, and join us for the ride that will see us grow into something so much more than it has ever been.
For those of you who have helped us in the past, thank you. It is with your help and continued support that we will make this even better than before, and help so many more people who are truly struggling through life.
Join us and give back!
The 11th Annual Hacker Classic will be held on August 12th, 2017 at the Shelby Oaks Golf Club in Sidney, Ohio. This will be an 11:00 am shotgun start so teams are encouraged to begin arriving by 10:30 to get registered and setup with information and carts.
This year we will be donating the proceeds of the outing to the family of Hayden Weiskittel. From the Children's Organ Transplant Association site: With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Anna, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teen, Hayden Weiskittel. Hayden is the son of Christa and Scott Weiskittel. Born in 2001, Hayden was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. He received a life-saving heart transplant on April 4th, 2017.
As usual please email or call in your team of four people to Michael Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org and 937-726-8524. We will only be able to save 32 spots for teams, and we already have teams lining up, so don't hesitate to save your space. You can pay for your team on the day of the outing at the clubhouse at Shelby Oaks. There will be our standard catered meal after golfing is complete. We will also have plenty of autographed sports memorabilia up for grabs in our silent auction at dinner. Please be sure to pay attention to upcoming Facebook posts for more information in the days leading up to the outing. We will have our normal door prizes, team prizes, and individual prizes as always. Most importantly get us your businesses that would love to sponsor this event. We have different levels of sponsorship to help with the event, and to #giveback to the Weiskittel family.
There are plenty of opportunities for you to have a great time, and to help this family out in the process. Please step up, and show the Weiskittel family how we #giveback to those who have a need in our community!
The Big Four Foundation is a charity in Shelby County designed to help normal individuals give back to their community.