Golf outing to raise scholarship funds in honor of Nate BrahierWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nate Brahier died in a Monroe County plane crash more than two years ago, but friends and family make sure his legacy lives on thanks in part to an annual golf tournament.
The Blarney Golf Outing, set for Aug. 23 at Heather Downs Country Club, 3910 Heatherdowns Blvd., is the third annual golf tournament benefiting the Nate Brahier 797 Foundation, which provides scholarships for students pursuing careers in engineering or power technologies.
Breakfast and registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start to the tournament at 9 a.m. Lunch will be at 1:30 p.m. on the course. Cost for a group of four is $320. Lunch is $30 per person.
The event has raised more than $7,000 each year and has so far provided scholarships for four students, said Pat Moon, Brahier’s mother and the foundation board president.
“Response to the golf outing has been exceptional,” Moon said. “And we always have plenty of volunteers — people who can’t play golf but just want to be a part of raising funds for the foundation. I find this inspiring and awesome and I am humbled by their love for Nate.”
The Blarney Irish Pub owner Ed Beczynski, who was friends with Brahier, said he hopes everyone will consider participating in the tournament or contributing to the foundation.
“Not only are you helping young people through scholarships, you will be able to join in on the celebration of Nate’s life,” Beczynski said. “He was someone who you couldn’t help but like. His death was very hard on all of us, friends and family included. To be able to continue honoring him in this way means the world to me. The money raised is used to fund scholarships for students who embody the same ambition and zest for life that Nate had.”
Another local scholarship in Brahier’s memory was recently established through the Terra College Foundation at Terra State Community College, which Brahier attended, Moon said.
Brahier, a mechanical design engineer at Conforming Matrix Corporation, was killed returning from a business trip on March 29, 2011, in Monroe County.
Toledo Free Press is a media sponsor of this event. For more information, visit www.natebrahier797foundation.org.