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PLAYING IT FORWARD Philanthropists help Jack and Barbara Nicklaus make the Creighton Farms Invitational charity golf tournament an inspired success, with long-lasting benefits for pediatric healthcare. BY OLIVER SHARPE < GIVE+GET “WHEN LIKE MINDS GET TOGETHER, THEY CAN MAKE SPECIAL THINGS HAPPEN.” —JACK NICKLAUS well the opportunity to do good,” he says. fundraising in Washington D.C. is hyper- “You never defeat the game, it always has competitive. For an event to stand out a way of coming back and making you much more than just their name to the in our nation’s capitol, it must annually humble and I think that is what’s great CFI. During the intimate cocktail hour raise the bar to maintain momentum and about golf—its level of humility.” held at their home and the fireside chat attract new participants. The Creighton At the CFI, that humility has translated And Jack and Barbara Nicklaus offer with Jack (hosted in 2016 by NBC’s Jimmy Farms Invitational Hosted by Jack Nicklaus to meaningful philanthropic impact Roberts), participants have the chance (CFI), held each fall at Creighton Farms at both the national and local levels. to really get to know the legendary golfer in Aldie, Va., has managed to do just Proceeds from the tournament are split and his gracious wife. And, for those that—increasing impact through its unique between the Nicklaus Children’s Health that preferred cast iron to driving irons, combination of breathtaking venue, Care Foundation and the Children’s Barbara conducted a cooking seminar celebrity involvement, and admirable National Health System, two of the top- at the nearby Salamander Resort & Spa, beneficiaries. ranked pediatric healthcare groups in the where the event’s gala dinner was also nation. held. The game of golf is the No. 1 charitable vehicle in the nation, outpacing all The annual event involves club members, community residents, celebrities and DC-area locals who rally together to help support children’s health care initiatives. and entertainment world. EVEN IN NON-ELECTION YEARS, /////////////////////////// // / /////// P U RV EYO RS O F PLAY The opportunity to play the Jack While golf is a solo endeavor, hosting the fundraising efforts of the big-four Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at golf tournaments is very much a group sports combined. This is no surprise Creighton Farms is a large draw of this effort, and this past September the to Jack Nicklaus, who says, “golf is a event. Located on 900 acres in Virginia teams at Southworth Development, game founded on honesty, integrity, hunt country, the design incorporates the the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care sportsmanship and other important area’s naturally undulating features and Foundation, and the devoted staff and character-building aspects, and so I believe provides what CFI Chair John Jaeger calls members at Creighton Farms once again the people who often play the game are a “challenging yet fair experience.” That came together to do good through golf. those who get a great deal of personal challenge draws such sports luminaries As Nicklaus says, “When like minds get satisfaction from giving back.” as Roger Clemens, George “Iceman” together, generally speaking, they can Gervin, Rollie Fingers, Rick Barry, and make special things happen.” Creighton Farms member Bob Denson echoes that sentiment. “Charitable golf Ed Marinaro, who played in the 2016 CFI tournaments provide those that have done along with many other stars of the sports PLAY TO SIGN UP FOR THE 2017 CREIGHTON FARMS INVITATIONAL, CALL 703-957-4805.; CREIGHTONFARMS.COM 24 ISSUE ONE | ASPIRE ASPIRE | ISSUE ONE 25