Sober Corps, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit dedicated to helping people through their first years of freedom from chemical addiction, held its second annual 12 Holes for 12 Steps golf tournament on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Braemar Golf Course in Edina, Minn. The annual event has quickly become a key component of Sober Corps’ fundraising efforts, and the success of this year’s event – which consisted of 12 holes of golf, a silent auction, a dinner and a program – will provide the funds needed to support the growth goals of its mentorship program and life-skills workshops.
Fred Myers, president of Sober Corps, remarked that the 12-hole format is a natural fit for Sober Corps’ mission, speaking to the idea of second chances as golfers play nine holes and then return to the first three to try for a better score. He said, “What a great day! We are so grateful for everyone who came out to support our mission. It was a wonderful afternoon of golf, and we are honored to have loyal sponsors and enthusiastic event participants who understand how vital Sober Corps is to so many people.”
Highlights of the evening program included guest speakers Alan Wittmer and Aron Kramer. Wittmer, a Sober Corps graduate and board member, spoke of the monumental role Sober Corps has played in his life and journey to recovery; and Kramer, vicar of Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, the church where Sober Corps is housed, commented on the ways in which the two organizations’ missions overlap with a commitment to accessibility and meeting people where they’re at.
In addition to the program and dinner, attendees also enjoyed a silent auction with many items that followed the organization’s 12-themed day. As with the golf portion of the day, the proceeds from the auction directly support Sober Corps’ mission.
Sober Corps has succeeded in helping individuals to maintain their sobriety by providing life-skills education and matching long-sober mentors with individuals who are committed to making drastic lifestyle changes in support of living lives free from chemical addiction. The organization, founded in 2007, assists persons in recovery with creating a new network to meet their housing, employment, spiritual and other needs, especially during the fragile first year of recovery. With a growing roster of mentors, Sober Corps volunteers give one-on-one support and guidance to strengthen the recovery process. Services are provided at no cost to participants in the program.