Above Par Fundraising
The Doan Family
Charlsie Doan, age 11, was born without a right hand, but that hasn't stopped her from living life to its fullest. Among many other activities, she's logged hundreds of hours volunteering with her family for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). The facility provides treatment for kids with orthopedic conditions -- including Charlsie -- regardless of families' ability to pay.
With mom Kelly, dad Cameron, and brother Tristan, 9, Charlsie helps put on KidSwing, a series of three charity golf tournaments for players ages 7 to 18. The young golfers hit the links in the summer, but the Doans brainstorm, organize, and promote the event all year round. Charlsie also meets with potential sponsors as one of the hospital's "development ambassadors." Her presentations often include her performance of a song on the violin, which she plays with an adapted bow created by the hospital.
"Scottish Rite has given us so much that it became really important for us to give back," says Kelly.
Now in its 10th year, KidSwing has raised an impressive $1.2 million, which has allowed the hospital to put some big plans into action. Among the most exciting is a TSRHC weekend camp for middle-school kids.
Prize Money Plans: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children