Summer 2017 Update

Monday, June 19st, 2017 9:00 AM Posted by Shawn Quigley

The Brian Hafer Foundation is very proud to announce that our 8th Annual Brian Hafer Memorial Golf Outing will be held Monday July 31, 2017 at the Dayton Country Club. Because of you, the Foundation has been able to:

· Donate over $91,000 to worthy organizations;

· Provided First Tee National School Programs to 17 of the 19 Dayton public elementary schools.

For our 2017 Golf Outing, we will celebrate the great success of the University of Dayton basketball program by bringing back Larry Hansgen as our emcee, showcase a number of UD themed Bill Hafer hand-crafted made pieces, and bring back some Dayton basketball alumni to play golf alongside! Upon the conclusion of our annual Brian Hafer Memorial Golf Outing, the Foundation expects:

· To exceed $100,000 in financial contributions;

· Fulfill our promise to donate First Tee National School Programs to ALL Dayton public elementary schools!

· Work with additional organizations to make Dayton youth, safe and drug fee!

For those who have attended all previous golf outings, we say thank you! To those who have missed the past few years, we welcome you back with open arms! To those who would like to be a part of Dayton’s best golf outing, we say, what has taken so long! Please plan to attend our 8th Annual Brian Hafer Memorial Golf Outing.


Todd Duwel

President of the Brian Hafer Memorial Golf Outing

Through Compassion and Awareness a Better Tomorrow Awaits.

Spring 2016 Update

Monday, March 21st, 2016 9:00 AM Posted by Shawn Quigley

At the Brian Hafer Foundation, we are proud to be planning our 7th Annual Memorial Golf Outing on August 1, 2016, again held at the incomparable Dayton Country Club. We are proud of our long partnership with the First Tee of Greater Miami Valley, and how our shared collaboration has benefitted 14 elementary schools within the Dayton Public School District. We are proud of the over $81,000 we have donated to charitable causes that support our mission and vision. We are proud of the many hundreds we call friends. We are proud of the many thousands we have benefitted. We are proud of the impact the Foundation has made on our community.

But this year, before taking one more step forward, we remember the origins of our pride. We remember the man whose name fuels our relentless passion. We remember the demons that grabbed his soul, and would not let go. We remember October 23, 2009. We remember so that we may never forget. We remember so that we may seek to improve upon lessons learned. We remember so that others now grabbed may soon shake free and someday remember with us. We are proud to remember the difference we are making, and why we make it.

Through Compassion and Awareness a Better Tomorrow Awaits.

Summer 2015 Update

Monday, June 1st, 2015 9:00 AM Posted by Shawn Quigley

At the Brian Hafer Foundation, we have been busy planning for another exciting year of fundraising events. Of course, our biggest event every year is the Memorial Golf Outing. This year, the Outing returns to the recently updated Dayton Country Club and will be held on August 3, 2015. Please block your calendars now and make plans to attend. We know each of you receive many invitations to support many worthy causes. As always, we are humbled by your continued embrace of our charitable efforts in furtherance of our worthy beneficiaries.

This year, we plan to leverage many lessons learned to provide a quicker pace of play on the course as well as a quicker pace of participation off the course. As much as we value your contributions, we also value your investment of time. Thank you for your patience as we learn and grow. I look forward to seeing each of you at DCC in August.

Through Compassion and Awareness a Better Tomorrow Awaits.

Winter 2014 Update

Monday, November 10th, 2014 9:00 AM Posted by Shawn Quigley

The Foundation is pleased to present the First Annual Brian Hafer Foundation Holiday Raffle. To find out more about this fantastic raffle, click here!

Also, the Foundation is proud to announce our partnership with #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New Yorks 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influencers and founding partners, we launched a global movement that has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.

2014 Update

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 3:00 PM Posted by Kyle Duwel

Great News! Our partnership with the First Tee of Greater Miami Valley, which intends to benefit all 22 elementary schools within the Dayton City Public School District by and through the National School Program (NSP), is proving to be a tremendous success. Not merely about golf, the NSP serves as the hook to introduce the Nine Core Values to school age children. Like The First Tee, and its affiliate chapters, the Brian Hafer Foundation believes that the Program promotes and fosters healthier, more confident and self-aware children, who are better-armed to handle and confront adversity, and who will actively solicit help from trusted adults and peers in times of crisis or need. Golf is the Vehicle; the Nine Core Values is the Message; and a better tomorrow, Through Compassion and Awareness, is the Mission. Learn more by clicking on the following links, and be in touch with the Foundation if you'd like to join this important cause:


Nine Core Values

Bringing Golf into Schools

Spring Update

Monday, April 15, 2013 6:00 PM Posted by Todd Duwel

Dear Friend,

During the past three years, through your compassion and awareness, the Brian Hafer Foundation has donated nearly $40,000 to its beneficiaries to fund initiatives commensurate with its mission and purpose.

Through your compassion and awareness, thousands of public school children will now learn the Nine Core Values sponsored by the First Tee affiliates; and will now learn the Core Values embraced by Girls on the Run. Both entities are partners of the Foundation. Through your compassion and awareness, thousands of dollars have been raised to fund programs designed to prevent and confront alcohol and drug abuse. Through your compassion and awareness , strategic partnerships have been forged with like-minded entities in an effort to circle our amorphous adversary. The Foundation counts Secret Smiles of Dayton, Wernle’s Children’s Home, We Care Arts, Father Martin’s Ashley Treatment Center, Arms of Hope, and the South Dayton Coalition as valued friends and partners.

More can be done. Each year, our funding levels have increased, but we are always looking for ways to grow resources so that we may help more individuals. This year our goal is to crack the six figure threshold. Challenging? Absolutely; but with your help, we believe it possible.

We look forward to a wonderful 2013 campaign, and hope to see you at one of our many events this year. Please look for the Foundation mailings in upcoming weeks and make plans to attend.

Christmas Joy

Friday, October 13, 2012 6:00 PM Posted by Kyle Duwel

Dear Friend,

At the North Pole, Santa and his Elves are diligently applying their magical talents to developing an unparalleled Christmas Golf presentation for the Miami Valley Country Club. Santa and the Elves are calling the presentation, Christmas Joy, an Evening with Friends.

After checking his list twice and knowing their is much to do this Christmas Season, Santa has entrusted the Brian Hafer Foundation with the execution of Christmas Joy.

Though honored, the Foundation realizes the enormity of the presentation and has asked the First Tee and We Care Art to join them in this unique opportunity. The First Tee impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promotes healthy choices through golf. We Care Arts, a fellow non-profit delivers its mission of assisting disabled individuals through its many arts programs and initiatives. Collectively, we are proud to assist individuals throughout the community that deserve and need attention and concern. Please join The Brian Hafer Foundation, The First Tee, and We Care Arts as we share a night with Santa and good friends and seek to deliver a little Christmas Joy this season.

November 30, 2012

Miami Valley Country Club

7:00 - 11:00 pm

$25 per person

Music, prizes, Hors d’oeuvres

Reverse Raffle (only 200 tickets sold)

Tickets - $100 each (includes admittance)

Grand Prize - $7500


Brian Hafer Foundation

The First Tee We

Care Arts

2012’s early season footprint...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 6:00 AM Posted by Todd Duwel

♦ On March 19, 2012, the Foundation hosted its first golf outing in Brian’s hometown of Conroe, Texas. The outing’s tremendous turnout and success will allow the Foundation to benefit multiple Conroe city schools by and through the First Tee of Houston’s National School Program. Hundreds of children will be positively impacted by the Nine Core Values™ delivered by the Program! We’re looking forward to returning in the early spring of 2013.

♦ Check out the new “Library” link on our home page. The Foundation intends to update this link regularly with substantive periodicals and other source materials discussing substance abuse as distributed to us by community partners.

♦ Many thanks to our 2012 Dayton Golf Outing sponsors: Timothy R. Ippisch, CLU, ChFC, CFP, Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual; Cox Media Group Ohio and DPL, Inc. for being the current leaders in the Clubhouse. We appreciate their continued participation in the Foundation’s mission and encourage other community partners to follow their lead. Through Compassion and Awareness a Better Tomorrow Awaits!

Welcome to 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 6:00 AM Posted by Shawn Quigley

The Brian Hafer Foundation enters 2012 with a firm resolve and unbending commitment to both deliver and grow its charitable mission: Through Compassion and Awareness a Better Tomorrow Awaits. Assisted by an ever-expanding roster of community and business partners, the Foundation has raised the benchmarks for its fundraising initiatives and charitable donations. Annual goals and ways you can help will be detailed in the coming months.

We are excited to officially announce our corporate partnership with The First Tee of Greater Miami Valley. Such partnership, while lending endless support locally, has also facilitated our budding relationship with the First Tee of Greater Houston. Together, our organizations intend to benefit The First Tee’s National School Program, and collectively deliver the Nine Core Values™ to local Dayton City and Conroe City schoolchildren. On July 7, 2011, The First Tee launched its initiative to reach 10 million children by 2017, and we intend for thousands of schoolchildren benefitted by our shared collaboration to count amongst that number.

This year, the Foundation intends to benefit multiple elementary schools within the Dayton Public School District ("DPS") by and through The First Tee’s National School Program. Late in 2011, Eastmont Elementary became the Foundation’s first DPS recipient. We are excited to monitor Eastmont’s progress through the Program, and observe the children’s experiences and successes. We are confident that Eastmont’s successful implementation of the Program will raise local awareness and interest in our charitable mission.

2012 will also observe the Foundation’s expansion into Conroe, Texas. For many years, Conroe was home to Brian and his family, and was the location for many, many of Brian’s successes. No discussion about Brian’s life is complete without Conroe’s inclusion. We are excited to welcome Brian’s friends, family, classmates and colleagues to the Foundation. And, we are excited to benefit Conroe City schoolchildren (some of whom no doubt have grown up listening to their daddy’s stories about Brian.)

The Foundation is pleased to announce its newest board members, Mike Greathouse and Josh Arnaud, who will lead our Conroe-based initiatives. Mike and Josh were lifelong friends of Brian, and have been friends of the Foundation since its inception. Their shared participation has fostered the Foundation’s successes, and we are humbled by their active roles.

2012 promises to be another big year for the Foundation, balanced equally by building blocks and launch pads. Check back often to see what we’re up to!

"A difference is realized by a decision rendered upon a problem encountered for which a consequence is foreseeable. Act. Don’t react. Do something. Get your toes wet, and leave your footprints as guideposts for the next inquisitive soul."

The beginnings

Monday, May 2, 2011 7:27 AM Posted by Shawn Quigley

The Brian Hafer Foundation was organized and formed in 2010 to highlight drug and alcohol awareness and to remind individuals that abuse knows no borders and willingly permeates every social structure. “Through Compassion and Awareness a Better Tomorrow Awaits.” Following its inaugural golf outing, the Foundation officially organized and was recently designated as a not-for-profit tax-exempt entity. The Foundation endeavors to partner with like-minded organizations to promote and understand society’s reaction to drugs and alcohol and to shift its focus, and continuously researches and performs its due diligence concerning viable partnerships and affiliations

The Foundation’s mission promotes Brian’s aspirations. Brian wanted to help others battling the same addictions he faced. After his death, many people coping with their own addictions came forward and shared their stories with the Hafer family about how inspirational Brian was to their own recovery. Unfortunately, Brian was unable to help himself. But, to memorialize his aspirations and life, the Foundation continues his mission of highlighting the shocking reality of the dangers of drug and alcohol addiction.

Partnered with The First Tee of Greater Miami Valley

Monday, May 2, 2011 7:27 AM Posted by Shawn Quigley