April 26, 2004 - 'Stroke of Genius' -- Bobby Jones Legacy
What: Colorado Neurological Institute and Open Fairways Bobby Jones-Stroke of Genius
Where: Pavilions Theatre
When: April 22, 2004
Time: 6:00 PM Cocktail's, Silent Auction, Pre-Screening
Ticket Prices: Individual: $90 Couple: $160
Beneficiary: Colorado Neurological Institute and Open Fairways
Introductions: Dr. John McVicker, President, CNI and Tim Taylor, Fouder & Executive Director, Open Fairways
Speaker: Lauren Thomas, Tim Cannon, Betsy Weirsma, and Devon Gearheart
Sponsors: 2005 Women's Open, BBJ Linens, Butler Rents, Distinguished Brands, Elegant Fare, GolfViews Magazine, Mellon, Invision, Private Consulting Group, Skyy Vodka
Blacktie Photos by: Mollybeth Lombard
Celebrity guest Devon Gearhart, soon to be 9 years old, played the young Bobby Jones in the feature film Bobby Jones - Stroke of Genius.
The proceeds from this event will support two non-profits. First, the Colorado Neurological Institute, a non-profit center of excellence providing the highest quality, most advanced and comprehensive care to patients with neurological diseases and offering hope to those who suffer. Also, to Open Fairways, dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk and underprivileged children through the game of golf and its core values of honor, etiquette, respect and their application on and off the course.
The evening began with a silent auction featuring a unique framed picture of Bobby Jones and several golf packages with cocktails by Skyy Vodka and delicious hors d’oevres by Elegant Fare.
Colorado Neurological Institute began the program with Dr. John McVicker, President of CNI, introducing 17-year-old Lauren Thomas, his patient that was diagnosed 9 months ago with Syringomyelia. He operated on Lauren for the same condition that felled Bobby Jones. Tim Taylor, Founder & Executive Director of Open Fairways, followed suite and introduced Tim Cannon. Tim’s life was turned around with the help of the dedicated core values he was taught through the game of golf and improved communication with his dad; they now have a shared interest.
Betsy Weirsma, from the Bobby Jones Film Foundation introduced their celebrity guest Devon Gearhart, who plays Bobby Jones at ages 8 through 10 in the film. He passionately spoke on the need to raise money for charities, promote the values that create real heroes and spoke of how he rallied his elementary school to raise funds for awareness about the disease and, by doing so, improved the lives of the patients and their families. Then the exclusive prerelease screening commenced.
Each couple received a copy of the official Bobby Jones coffee table book signed by Devon Gearhart as they left the Pavilions Theatre. It is an exquisite book and wonderful gift for anyone remotely intrigued by golf and/or history.
Robert Tyre Jones, Jr. touched the lives of millions as he used his gift of record-setting golf to give back to charities, his local community and the golf world. He was an exceptional man whose legacy of determination, sportsmanship and good will inspires us today. He popularized golf on an international stage.
His 14-year playing career culminated in 1930 when he won golf’s four major tournaments, which became known as the Grand Slam. Jones, though, was more than an extraordinary athlete. He held degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and English literature from Harvard University. In 1927, at the height of his competitive career, he entered Emory Law School. During his second year he passed the Georgia Bar and joined his father’s law firm, now Alston & Bird LLP, where he remained a partner until his death in 1971.
In 1930, Jones retired from competitive play, though he continued to promote the game: writing books, designing clubs, acting in instructional films, and mentoring fellow golfers. One of his most visible legacies is the founding of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters with Clifford Roberts. In 1948, he established Peachtree Golf Club in his hometown of Atlanta. Over 100 years after his birth, Bobby Jones – Stroke of Genius celebrated the legacy of this extraordinary man.
In celebration of this legacy, the founders and stakeholders of Bobby Jones Film, LLC, created The Bobby Jones Film Foundation to work with charity partners across America to facilitate grassroots "Pre-release Screenings for Charity". They will also host Premiere events benefiting local charitable organizations and its national charity partner, The First Tee, in Atlanta, New York City, Los Angeles and St. Andrews, Scotland.