The First Tee of Cleveland’s 12th annual community breakfast at Windows on the River, “Grit, Gratitude & You,” was attended by more than 300 guests.
The event marked the 20th anniversary of First Tee of Cleveland. First Tee began as a partnership among the LPGA, the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America, the PGA Tour and the USGA, to provide access to affordable junior golf programming. Andre Thornton took the lead to form a First Tee chapter in Cleveland and, in 2003, First Tee—Cleveland, in cooperation with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the City of Cleveland and Cleveland Metroparks, secured 60 acres of land at the Washington Park Horticultural Center to construct the nine-hole Krieger Golf Course practice facility, clubhouse and the Iris S. & Bert L. Wolstein Life Skills Education Center. Combining the
rules of the game with life and leadership skills, kids can learn important values through golf in a safe, fun environment.
This year’s Del de Windt Leadership Award for Civic Engagement was presented to Marc Stefanski, chairman and CEO of Third Federal Savings and Loan Association. During his 36 years as chairman, Stefanski has led Third Federal with the belief that the role of a company goes beyond making a profit. He believes the company has a social responsibility to make the world a better place.
The Doris A. Evans, M.D. Merit Scholarship was given to Vinh Lai, a junior at St. Edward High School. Lai is on the Varsity Gold Team, a student ambassador and student ministry leader, helping to organize and lead school events. Kaylee Daley, a senior at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School was the 2023 scholarship finalist.
The $76,000 raised at “Grit, Gratitude & You” will assist First Tee of Cleveland in its plans for building renovation and a 12,000-square-foot Activity Center for year-round programs. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN