One thing we love about Southern California is how supportive the community is of important and meaningful causes. As a company, there are many different ways for us to support these causes, like event sponsorship or giveaways. For Rokform, supporting local events helps us stay connected to our community, which we love.
One organization that's been doing amazing work in our local community is Childhelp, whose OC chapter was established in 1970. Childhelp strives to improve the lives of the children treated in Childhelp programs.
Childhelp exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. Our events help change each life of abuse and neglect by providing the necessary tools to heal emotional wounds, allowing our children to grow into their potential and break the cycle of abuse. The efforts of our chapter members make a major impact in the fight against child abuse and neglect. At the Village which houses 88 children, our healing therapeutic programs of Ranch, Wilderness, Music, Art, Chapel and Recreation exist only because of the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations.
Earlier this month we attended the Childhelp Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach. In addition to participating in the golf tournament, we also sponsored a hole by giving away a Rokform case and vent mount to every tournament participant. Our CEO, Jeff Whitten, reflected on his experience at the event:
"I have been playing in the Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic for 4 years now thanks to a good friend who turned me onto it. The proceeds Benefit Childhelp that was founded in 1959. Childhelp® exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. They focus their efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach. I can’t even imagine what those kids go through and it’s an inspiration to see how generous the participants, sponsors and volunteers are who support this organization.
Rich Saul was a former NFL lineman who played for the LA Rams from 1970-1981. All who knew him describe him as an inspiration and his generosity for the kids at Childhelp were boundless. Unfortunately, his life was cut short due to an illness in 2012 but his legacy lives on with Childhelp that just celebrated the 35th annual Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic. It is great to see all of his former team-mates support Childhelp and some of them even have a pretty good golf game. A few of them like the Hall of Fame great Jackie Slater gave heartfelt speeches about what Childhelp does for abused children and how Rich Saul inspired them in their life, careers, and even their own children.
Each year the tournament is held at The Pelican Hill Golf Resort which is the premier public golf club in Orange County. The course is located in Newport Coast, California and features amazing views of the Pacific from almost every hole. Rokform was invited to sponsor a hole by donating a phone case and vent mount to each participant along with a prize pack featuring a Bettinardi putter donated by Bob Bettinardi himself. We met a lot of great people and had a great time doing it. You could not have asked for a better day of golf, sunny and in the low 80’s with not a cloud in the sky.
The tournament ends with a silent and live Auction that raises thousands of dollars for Childhelp and includes spectacular items, such as a BMW driving school and a Hall of Fame NFL VIP trip! Although my team did not win, I was able to meet and get a picture with one of my all-time favorite players, the legendary Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson!
We are already looking forward to next year and hoping to step up Rokform’s participation even more. "
Rokform CEO Jeff Whitten with Eric Dickerson.
For us, sponsoring local events is more than just donating swag and calling it a day. Supporting important causes like Childhelp is very important to us and we always have a great time connecting with our community while enjoying the beautiful place we live in.
Interested in learning more about the great work that Childhelp does in communities around the nation? Visit Childhelp's website.