Last Friday morning, 75 golfers wearing pink shirts gathered at Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club to watch a red helicopter arrive and drop a bucket of pink golf balls onto the driving range.
The golfers then loaded up in golf carts sporting huge bras on the front.
The sea of pink and golfers were there in support of Fore Her, a fundraising event founded by Amy Walsh to raise money for breast cancer patients.
Walsh lost both her mother and aunt to breast cancer. After they died, family members wanted to do something in their memory. Many members of the family enjoy golfing and decided to get together in 2000 to celebrate the lives of the two women. Knowing first-hand the need for additional money while battling breast cancer, Walsh's family started raising funds through an annual golf outing. This began with the Jeanette Hansen/Barb Schultz Golf Outing in Saginaw, Michigan, which became the inspiration for Fore Her.
"My family struggled with financial problems after my mom got sick because of all the medical bills and the community held fundraisers to help us," said Walsh.
Walsh now wants to return the favor and do the same for women in this area who are struggling with the same issues.
All money raised at the Fore Her golf event goes into a fund to be used for that purpose.
In its fifth year, the 75 golfers each paid $110 to play, raising more than $8,000 to help local women battling breast cancer.
"That money will go to help cancer patients throughout the year, with paying their bills or buying their Christmas gifts," said Walsh.
Not all the golfers on Friday were women. Many were men. Kevin Murphy was one of those.
"I wanted to participate in the event today to support the cause," he said. His sister-in-law is a breast cancer survivor.
For more information, visit www.foreher.org.