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Swing for Charity Event Raises Hundreds of Thousands

Under brilliant blue skies, dozens hit the links in South Lake Tahoe for a good course: raising money to help Jordan’s Guardian Angels cure Jordan’s Syndrome, a recently-identified mutation on the gene PPP2R5D. And – it was an incredible success. Thanks to more than 80 sponsors and guests, the second annual Golden State Classic at Edgewood Tahoe raised more than $270,000!

We decided to add a little sizzle and fun to cocktail Party on Thursday night, so we created a $1 million hole-in-one contest. That’s right – 15 lucky sponsors were chosen out of the attendees to take a swing for $1 million dollars. One by one, they took their swings on the ninth hole, but wind coming in off the lake made for difficult conditions. We all had a great time watching them try their best!

Then, guests were treated to an update on our promising research progress, featuring a short video and an in-person discussion with Kyle Fink, Ph.D., from the UC Davis Institute of Regenerative Cures. Attendees learned first-hand about recent breakthroughs that show Jordan’s Syndrome is reversible. Watch the video below!

Then, it was time to swing for charity on a picture-perfect Friday morning. You may remember that golf was canceled last year due to unseasonal September snow, but this year, the fairways were pristine, it was 83 degrees, and we were back to making birdies instead of snow angels.

Matt Back and Terry Brennand tied for the GSC Angles Cup with 79’s. Matt Back won the Angles Cup Trophy in a playoff!

We want to thank our presenting sponsor, Norwood Associates, and our major sponsors, Altria, California Independent Voter Project, District Council 16 International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, and Walmart.

We also want to take a moment to appreciate our supporting sponsors: Aaron Read & Associates, American Beverage Association, Amgen, Boehringer-Ingelheim, BBC Public Affairs, Bob & Sara Giroux, Brandenberg Group, Buena Vista Construction, California Cable & Telecommunications Association, Capitol Alliance, Carter Wetch & Associates, California Beer & Beverage Distributors, CSEA, DaVita, Fanslau Government Affairs, Farmers Insurance Group, Fernandez Government Solutions, Five Star Bank, George & Wendy Miller, Larisa Cespedes, McHugh, Koepke & Associates, SEIU – Statewide, Sloat Higgins Jensen & Associates, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Southern California Painters & Allied Trades – District Council 36, Uber, Villines Group, and Wayne Ordos, Attorney at Law.

Finally, we want to thank our legislative supporters: Assemblymember Ian Calderon (AD 57), Senator Anthony Cannella (SD 12), Assemblymember Heath Flora (AD 2), Assemblymember Adam Gray (AD 21), Senator Richard Pan (SD 6), and Assemblymember Phil Ting (AD 19).

It goes without saying, but we can’t continue our mission to cure Jordan’s Syndrome without each of your support. On behalf of Jordan’s Guardian Angels and our families around the world who will directly feel the impact of this inspiring generosity, thank you!!!

Published

August 29, 2018

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Golden State Classic Raises Funds for Research

They say in life to expect the unexpected, and such was the case with the inaugural Golden State Classic, an all-star swing for charity event benefitting Jordan's Guardian Angels. This particular surprise arrived in the form of a September Sierra snowstorm, blanketing the golf course at the beautiful Edgewood Resort on Lake Tahoe a little earlier than usual.

A little September snow couldn't dampen the giving spirit, however, as sponsors and donors still enjoyed good company while contributing to a great cause.

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Inside the Edgewood clubhouse Friday morning, a group of former professional athletes stole the show, setting up an autograph assembly line. The collection of former NFL and MLB players – who were set to take part in the celebrity golf tournament before the snow arrived – signed dozens of baseballs, a thrill for the sports fans in attendance.

Some of our guests left with more than autographed baseballs. A charity raffle wrapped up Friday's festivities, with fine wine and a free luxury hotel stay among the prizes.

On Thursday night, attendees met for a dinner and watched "The Story of Jordan's Syndrome," a documentary highlighting our research effort and the families pushing for answers for their children. Many said it was an eye-opening film that made clear the purpose and importance of the study that could someday impact millions.

The research effort to find answers for Jordan's Syndrome wouldn't be possible without the generosity of our sponsors and funding partners. We'd like to extend a big thank you to all of those who attended, and made the event a big success – in spite of an early taste of winter! Click here to read more about the event. We also wish to thank one of our presenting sponors, Norwood Associates!

Published

September 23, 2017

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Jordan’s Guardian Angels is a public charity exempt from Federal Income Tax as an organization described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN 90-1022228. Contributions to Jordan’s Guardian Angels are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. No goods or services were provided in consideration for the contributions except as reported above.