The LifeSource Golf Classic is our largest fundraising event for the year. This year, we hope to raise $200,000 for education and outreach programs and donor families’ support resources. Will you help us reach that goal?
One of the easiest ways to make a big difference at the Golf Classic is to generously contribute in-kind gifts (such as a service, item or an experience) or a financial donation to be used towards silent auction and mystery tote items, contest prizes and awards during the event. Interested? Below are some ideas to get you started:
#1 Double Your Impact: Support Your Local Community AND LifeSource
One of the easiest ways to help is to donate a gift card or an alcoholic beverage of choice.
- Restaurants – Pick up a gift card from one of your favorite local restaurants.
- Wineries & Breweries – Visit a local winery or brewery and select a bottle of wine or pack of beer (valued $15 or more). Also, check out your wine or beer collection at home.
- National or State Park Pass – Donate a gift card for someone to explore the outdoors.
#2 Create a Unique Experience.
Find something that people would not normally go out and buy themselves.
- Guided Day Out – Hiking adventures, boat cruise, food tours, brewery visits, architectural and historical walking tours, and other recreational activities.
- A Day in the Life – Invite someone to shadow you for the day. Local celebrities, zookeepers, sportscasters, authors and more.
- Getaway Packages – Weekend vacations, cabin rental or date nights. Lodging, activities, travel, etc.
- Sports Memorabilia – Signed helmets, jerseys, balls, bats, gloves, practice gear.
- Sky Miles – Did you know you can donate your Sky Miles to anyone?
- Private Lessons – Donate your time to give a private lesson. Popular examples from the past include cooking, photography, painting and more.
- Cooking Class – Chef in your home or host a wine and cheese night.
#3 Use Your Talents.
Share your skills or talents with others!
- Magic Show. If you are a magician, you can donate your time for a birthday party.
- One-of-a-Kind Homemade Goods. If you are talented with woodworking or knitting, you can make something unique to auction off.
- Say Cheese! Donate your time for a family or friend photoshoot. The memories will be priceless!
- Put on Your Dance Shoes. Offer dance lessons.
#4 Gather a Group for Themed Baskets
Grab a few of your friends and chip in on a fun themed basket. It is best to keep the basket contents somewhere between $50 and $100 – it’s up to you! Popular baskets in the past include:
- Local Goods Sampler
- Night (Or Day) Out
- Sweet Treats
- Outdoor Adventures
- Pet Gear
- Yard Games
- #1 Sports Fan
- Fishing Gear
- Rainy Day Activities
- …Or create your own!
Can’t find the right size basket? We will do that for you. The LifeSource Golf Classic Committee will take on the responsibility of putting together your basket items and wrapping.
#5 Make a Difference Now.
Support the event through a financial contribution that will go towards silent auction items, contest prizes and awards. Any amount – small or large – makes an incredible difference. Follow the link below and note “to support of the Golf Classic silent auction” when asked “What inspired you to make a gift?”
Thank you for supporting LifeSource!
If you have any ideas for or questions about the silent auction or would simply like more information, contact Betsey Palmgren (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Celeste Hanson (email@example.com).
All contributed items must be received by LifeSource no later than August 15, 2022. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for September 12, 2022 to participate – in-person or virtually – in the silent auction!
Update as of 9/19/2021: We are closely monitoring the weather for the LifeSource Golf Classic. We are planning to have the tournament, rain or shine, and will keep participants updated if there are any changes. We are still anticipating a 11:30am shotgun start as planned. Registration and morning activities have moved to the Clubhouse. We are encouraging participants to wear a mask indoors to keep our staff, volunteers and participants safe.
Tee things up for a great afternoon of golf, friendly competitions, great food and camaraderie, and – most importantly – a chance to make a difference!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration and Day-of Event Details
Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. the day of the tournament and we recommend arriving early for fewer lines and to be able to enjoy a grab-and-go lunch and games available prior to the start of the tournament.
Monday, September 20, 2021
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake, MN 55304
10:00 a.m. Golfer check-in
11:20 a.m. Welcome
11:30 a.m. Shot gun start
4:00 p.m. Happy Hour, Dinner & Program
What will event check-in and the pre-golf activities look like?
Join us starting at 10:00 a.m. that day for food and fun! We will have a grab-and-go lunch station for guests to enjoy (see Food & Beverage section for more details) as well as games and activities.
Memorial Garden: Come walk through our Memorial Garden and learn about the LifeSource mission and those that have given the gift of life.
Mega Putt: Put your putting skills to the test and win a prize! Join us early to participate in this game on the putting range. Chances to win can be purchased through the GiveSmart app.
Mystery Tote: Back by popular demand, we have our Mystery Tote game again this year! Pay $30 for a fun tote and be delighted by what’s inside. Mystery Totes can be purchased through the GiveSmart app.
Bag Drop: All golfers will be responsible to load their own golf bag to their assigned cart to minimize contact between event attendees and volunteers. Upon arrival, volunteers will be on hand to guide each golfer to their assigned cart this year.
Volunteers will be available on the day of the tournament, should you need help with the GiveSmart app. When possible, you are encouraged to create an account and get connected to our event during the week of September 13th.
Where will masks be required at the event?
We will comply with guidance from the MN Department of Health and the Governor’s Office and CDC guidelines at that time in September.
Will individual carts be available?
Individual carts may be requested by golfers if you are uncomfortable with sharing a cart. Requests must be received by August 31, 2021 to allow the golf course to source any additional carts required. You may indicate this information on the registration form or you may email your preference to Celeste Hanson at email@example.com. Please include your name and the foursome name (if known), so that we can properly identify the groupings for carts.
Food and Beverages
How will meals for the day be handled? What is the menu?
Lunch: Golfers will be provided with “grab and go” box lunches before the shotgun start (11:30 a.m.). The boxed lunches will include a sliced ham and turkey sandwich on focaccia bread with swiss cheese, tomato and lettuce, along with an apple, fresh baked cookie and chips.
Dinner: We will have an outdoor grill station sponsored by Highland Bank available for golfers to grab a burger, hot dog, brat or the ultimate burger (plant-based burger) with a side of chips. Water and soda will be served. Bar service will also be available.
I have a dietary restriction. How can I let LifeSource know?
If you have specific dietary needs, please let us know, either via the online registration form or include it with your check payment. If you have already submitted your golf registration without your dietary restriction, please contact Celeste Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will there be an evening program at the Golf Classic this year?
Yes! We will have a brief program during the dinner portion of the event where we will highlight the programs that LifeSource is funding from your participation at this event.
Will there be a silent auction this year?
This year, our silent auction will be conducted through the online bidding platform GiveSmart. Silent auction bidding registration is now open.
Register today on LifeSource.givesmart.com or text LifeSource to 76278. A preview of the silent auction items will be released on Monday, September 13.
What happens if I win a silent auction item?
Congratulations! We will coordinate distribution of silent auction items with the winning bidders during the week following the tournament. This could include mailing, delivery or curbside pick-up at the LifeSource Minneapolis office depending upon the item, the individual and their location.
Have questions about the LifeSource Golf Classic?
COVID has made a huge impact on employment. There are many qualified job seekers who are now on the hunt for new opportunities. Virtual interviewing is the new normal – and it takes just as much preparation and practice as in-person interviews.
To help keep interviewees and interviewers safe, virtual interviewing has become the new normal. While these interviews may feel a bit more casual, as they take place in the comfort of your own home, they require as much preparation and practice as in-person interviews.
Setting the Scene
When preparing for a virtual interview, it’s important to pick a place that will cause the least amount of distractions for the interviewers. Check out these suggestions to take into account when deciding where to join the interview:
- A flat, uncluttered wall is the best option for a backdrop, and make sure you are centered in the frame of your camera.
- Try to keep your camera at eye level. If needed, place your laptop on a book so the camera is not capturing you at an awkward angle.
- Check the lighting, and work to get light in front of you. If the light behind you is brighter than the light in front of you, it will silhouette your features. It is best to be in a place where the light is not constantly fluctuating as this can be a distraction to audience members.
- What you wear is important, too! Wearing your favorite band t-shirt could be a distraction, as could large jewelry or too much make-up. Wear solids or prints that are not too busy.
Familiarize Yourself with Technology
Technology is a great resource to stay connected, but technical difficulties can happen. To help reduce the risk of having technology issues during an interview, take some time to think about the following items:
- Be aware of your connectivity. It’s best to be hardlined to an internet source, or to use Wi-Fi without any other devices connected to it.
- If you are using a headset, be mindful of the positioning of the microphone. The microphone on headphones is typically located on the cord, so make sure there is nothing interfering with the microphone, and causing feedback for the interviewers.
- Ask a friend, family member, or anyone else who can access the technology you’ll be using (such as Zoom), to help you test it. Testing with someone who is not in the same location as you can help you identify potential technology issues.
Day of the Interview
Now that you’ve taken steps to feel prepared, keep these next tips in mind on the day of the interview to put your best foot forward:
- Join the virtual interview a few minutes early. If there are any day-of technology issues, this will give you time to solve them before the interview starts.
- While it can be hard to not watching yourself during the interview, try to maintain focus on your camera. To the interviewers, this will look like you are making eye contact and they can tell you are focused on them and their questions.
- Close out of any other applications running on your computer other than the virtual interview platform. This minimizes distractions for you, as well as helps with your internet connectivity.
- Prepare to discuss the same topics as you would during an in-person interview – like researching the company and role you’ve applied for, preparing to answer common interview questions, and having questions ready to ask your interviewers in return.
- At LifeSource, we provide our candidates with a document on the types of interview questions we ask to assist you in preparation. You can also look up “behavioral-based interview questions” in a search engine to come up with a list of common interview questions to be ready to answer.
LifeSource values the strong collaboration we have with our hospital partners. In November of 2020, we sought feedback to understand the experience with LifeSource processes during COVID-19.
We are grateful to the 63 hospital team members from throughout our three states who during a very busy time responded. The input provided will assist us in our continued evaluation and improvement of our services.
This feedback aligns with the current LifeSource direction to solidify communication planning processes with hospital care teams and increase on-site family support and donor management.
A communication resource was implemented in December 2020 to serve as a process guide for care, coordination and support planning at the start of donor management.
During the first quarter of 2021, LifeSource is increasing our presence in your ICUs in support of families and to partner with your teams. This will be a phased approach, beginning with LifeSource coming on-site when family care conferences are scheduled OR families are considering end-of-life decisions. Your communication in these circumstances is so appreciated, and as always, please contact us any time you have questions or would recommend our presence on-site.
Continued gratitude and admiration for all you are doing, including your leadership in donation.