The 33rd Dobson Open yesterday proved to be the most successful one-day fundraiser for The Rainbow Connection, with the golf tournament, dinner and silent auction bringing in a record of more than $172,000. The charity founded by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson to make dreams come true for Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions also had a sellout, with 260 people attending the festivities.
Executive Director Mary Grace McCarter said the Dobson event on Monday, July 30, raised at least $50,000 more than ever before.
“The Rainbow Connection fulfills the wishes of seriously ill children because of the generosity of individuals like those that attended the Dobson Open on Monday,” said Patterson, who hosted the event. “However, we need that support to continue. I encourage others help us make more dreams come true by walking in The Rainbow Connection walks in August and September.”
Auction items included a University of Michigan football tailgating package, Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings party suites, gift certificates to Michigan restaurants featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” and a Kid Rock Ultimate Fan Basket, among other items.
The Dobson Open was first held in August 1980 to honor the memories of the three members of the Dobson family who were killed in a private plane crash. The Rainbow Connection evolved from the Dobson Open fundraiser. The Rainbow Connection has fulfilled more than 2,400 dreams for seriously ill Michigan children between the ages of 30 months and 18 years.
The Rainbow Connection’s Title Sponsors are Walmart, Sam’s Club and Prudential Retirement.