The First Tee of Los Angeles’ First Annual Celebration of Families BRUNCH

Sunday, June 3rd 10:30 – 12:30
Globe Theatre, Universal Studios HollywoodTM

On Sunday, June 3rd, The First Tee of Los Angeles will celebrate serving more than 100,000 underserved youth and families in 2017.  Business and community leaders along with families and children will join to raise funds to support The First Tee of Los Angeles junior golf programs and to honor the people who work tirelessly to help to positively impact underserved youth throughout Los Angeles County.

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The event starts with a walk down a beautiful red carpet while grandparents, parents, children and guests are greeted by Universal Studios characters.  The day will include face painters, balloon artists, a kid’s corner, a fabulous Wolfgang Puck brunch, a brief awards ceremony and tickets to visit Universal Studios and more.

The Honorable Don Knabe, retired Los Angeles County Supervisor  will be receiving the 2018 The Humanitarian Award
The Humanitarian Award is presented to a community leader who acts as role model to the public, champions underserved children/family issues and goes beyond conventional rhetoric.  Don Knabe “walks the talk” when it comes to serving underserved families of Los Angeles and is a model for excellent stewardship. It is our hope that this recognition will inspire more people to adopt lifestyles to help ensure that all children lead productive and healthy lives.

Don Knabe was first elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to represent the Fourth District in November of 1996 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.

While Supervisor much of his career was spent working to protect the innocent and vulnerable children in Los Angeles County. He established the Safe Surrender program in Los Angeles County which allows someone to surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth, as long as the infant shows no signs of abuse. Since 2001, 145 babies have been safely surrendered in Los Angeles County. In 2015, Don launched a scholarship program to benefit children who have been safely surrendered.

Don is an avid golfer, and has supported numerous projects and initiatives to support golf throughout Los Angeles County. He has supported junior golf clinics for kids to develop a love for the game of golf at a young age. His lifelong love of golf and belief that golf “teaches respect, integrity and character” led to the development of The Don Knabe Golf Center and Junior Academy in Norwalk, CA.  During the groundbreaking for The Knabe Golf Center & Junior Academy Don stated ” I strongly believe in public golf, public golf is the essence of the game, and it will be forever.”

In 1998, Don establish the premier high school golf event for both boys and girls of the Fourth District.  The Knabe Cup offered a unique opportunity for high school golfers of all levels to participate and compete for awards and gifts that could rival any professional tour event.  Don’s dedication to the Cup has served over fifty-five hundred high school golfers that can now go on and play for a lifetime.  A handful of the Knabe Cup graduates have gone on to play professionally, such as John Merrick (PGA), James Oh (PGA), Brett Lederer (McKenzie Tour), Jenny Shin (LPGA), Lee Lopez (LPGA), Brianna Do (LPGA), Jane Rah (LPGA), Demi Runas (LPGA), and more on the rise.

Don is a veteran having served in the United States Navy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

Don and his wife, Julie, have been married for 48 years. He and Julie, a Long Beach native have two married sons, and four incredible grandchildren!

Amy Alcott, Member of the LPGA and World Halls of Fame will be receiving the 2018 Spirit Award
The Spirit Award is presented to an individual who best exemplifies strength of mind and character.  Amy is dedicated to improving the lives of underserved youth of Los Angeles and inspires others to do the same. As she “teed off” at the Arnold Palmer Plaque unveiling, she revitalized the spirit of Arnie’s Army as all followed her down hole 18 at Rancho Park.  Amy is a pioneer in women’s golf and has exhibited leadership qualities that result in extraordinary achievement to inspire our junior golfers.

Amy Alcott is a highly celebrated and well respected champion of the game, on and off the course. She is a member of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame. During her 27-year career she was most recognized as the LPGA’s finest and most creative shot-maker and her go-for-the-pin style of play was the bedrock for her 32 professional tournaments captured worldwide including five major championships.

Alcott started playing the golf at age seven on her Santa Monica, California front yard putting into soup cans and sprinkler heads. She was taught the game indoors hitting balls into a driving net by her mentor and teaching pro, Walter Keller – her words upon meeting Mr. Keller for the the first time, “I want to prepare to be the best golfer in the world”. A truly inspirational story.

She has traveled worldwide to compete in tournament golf, perform in corporate golf events and clinics. Her success and colorful personality set the course early on for her role as spokesperson for a distinctive list of blue chip companies and charity organizations such as Elizabeth Arden; Sunkist; Ralph Lauren; Quaker Oats; Countrywide.; Arthur Andersen & Co., and Office Depot. Armed with astute observations and innumerable stories about the golf ’s personalities made her transition to TV commentator, speaker and writer a natural. A partial list of companies that have retained her for speaking engagements are Wells Fargo Private Wealth, Brown-Forman, and Northern Trust. Her most recent book is The Leaderboard: Conversations on Golf and Life”, with a foreword by Jim Nantz. Amy continues her partnership with the City of Hope as its goodwill ambassadress and performs numerous charity outings and appearances for the world leader in research and the treatment of cancer.

Amy leads her own Santa Monica, California based event consulting and course design company, Amy Alcott/GOLF. She has partnered with renown architect Gil Hanse on the legacy plans and design of the golf course for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also consulted with Hanse on the new master plan for the RidgeWood Country Club in Moultonboro, New Jersey. Two other co-design projects also carry her name — one in Palm Springs, CA – Indian Canyons Resort and the second in Ocean Isle, NC, Brick Landing Plantation.

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For questions or more opportunities to be involved, please contact Laurie Feldman, MA, Executive Director of The First Tee of Los Angeles by phone: (213) 680-8018 or by email: lfeldman@tftla.org