The history of this Golf Tournament began with four Texas Lions (Lions Mike Butler, Marshall Cooper, Bruce Rickert and Harry Wickersham) coming to the Annual Board meeting of Texas Lions Camp (TLC) in Kerrville to enjoy fellowship with each other. They all loved to play golf and so what began on a $10 per person gentlemen’s donation at the Flying L Ranch Golf Course in Bandera, Texas, has grown into a major FUNdraising event which generates more than $60,000 annually for children with special medical conditions.Other Lions heard about the golf outing and dozens joined in to play in subsequent years including Lion Ed Stebbins who was recruited to help organize the event into an annual fund raising opportunity. He made the original presentation to the TLC Board of Directors to make the Golf Tournament an annual fund raising event as well as recommended that the event be named in honor of Lion Harry Wickersham (who was the real golfer in the original foursome). In addition, he recruited Lion Lester Frantzen and the Fredericksburg Lions Club to help organize and operate the tournament each year.
Over the years, this event has raised more than $850,000 through sponsorships and player fees with proceeds benefitting the thousands of children with special medical conditions who attend summer camp each year. In recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the Harry Wickersham Golf Tournament in 2018, the Board of Directors of Texas Lions Camp has set a goal to reach $1,000,000 in net proceeds by August 2, 2018.
“Texas Lions Camp is honored that James Avery Artisan Jewelry™ has chosen to partner with TLC in our fund-raising efforts by offering a generous Challenge Grant of $75,000 as well as taking a leadership role as the Title Sponsor for this event,” said Stephen S. Mabry, Chief Executive Officer of TLC. “Each summer, our organization provides, at no cost, a residential camp experience for over 1,500 campers, who have physical disabilities, Down syndrome, type 1 diabetes, or cancer. This camp would not be possible without financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations as well as Lions in the Hill Country and across Texas.”
James Avery Artisan Jewelry™ is a vertically integrated, family-owned company located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. They offer finely crafted jewelry designs for men and women in sterling silver, 14K and 18K yellow and white gold and gemstones – designed by skilled artisans in Kerrville, TX.
James Avery jewelry is designed to reflect on personal connections that are important to their customers’ lives. They are a multi-channel retailer and their jewelry is available in 5 states through 78 James Avery stores and is available in over 200 Dillard’s stores in Texas and in 27 additional states; and nationwide through JamesAvery.com. James Avery crafts jewelry in four Texas workshops — one each in Hondo, Fredericksburg, Kerrville and Comfort.
For more information about James Avery Artisan Jewelry™, please visit the organization’s website at www.JamesAvery.com or call (800) 283-1770.
For more information about individual (hole) sponsorship or corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Milton Dare. Every dollar raised benefits the Texas Lions Camp and translates to children being served.
Details about the Tournament are as follows: