Why Hike Again?

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Last year's hike was one of the most rewarding days of my life. It was the culmination of a lot of effort both in fundraising and organizing the Outpost Club's tournament at Stonewall. It was great to share the day with 21 other Hikers, including one of my best friends, Colin Sheehan. It was a grueling day physically, but the energy created by the other hikers encouraged us to surpass 100 holes and push on to 111. Even more importantly, thanks to the generosity of so many friends and family, I was able to raise over $10,000 for the Cancer Research Institute.

There was never much doubt that the Outpost Club would once again host the tournament. There was some uncertainty about where it would be held but thanks to Andy Warner and the good people at Saucon Valley, we have a great venue in their Grace and Weyhill courses. I am certain that this year will be equally rewarding and I hope that many of you will continue your generosity and help me in supporting my cause for the year, LIFT (http://www.liftcommunities.org).

I am very, very fortunate to be able to travel and play the best golf courses in the world and I spend my time with similarly fortunate people. I often tell people that I have the best job in the world. However, I am very aware that many, many people are not nearly as fortunate. In fact, our country is facing a crisis as more and more people are living in poverty. One of my good friends, Kirsten Lodal, founded LIFT while back in college at Yale and has developed it into a very effective organization that helps community members achieve economic stability and well being. They do this by pairing "rigorously trained advocates with committed community members to build the strong personal, social and financial foundations they need to get ahead. By setting their own goals and working hard to achieve them, LIFT Members are equipped to get a job, a safe home and a quality education for themselves and their kids. They also build a support network, confidence in what they bring to the table and the skills to manage tough times in the future."

LIFT currently operates in six cities and has already worked with 100,000 people. Last year alone, LIFT helped its members generate $6,000,000 in wages. This work is done mostly by volunteers who donated over 67,000 hours of their time last year. In an extension of their mission, LIFT has partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation to launch a Veterans Initiative that pairs veterans struggling to readjust to civilian life with other veterans.

I encourage you all to go their website and explore more about this wonderful organization. I would be honored if you would help me in supporting LIFT by pledging to my 100 Hole Hike Pledge Page. (http://hundredholehike.com/pledge/2951/7047)

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