The youngest girl they've intercepted at their border stops was just six years old.
Stop and think about that for a minute.
Six years old.
Any of you readers have daughters? That's mine pictured above, after what I pray will be the worst injury she ever endures.
I'm proud to be connected to several of the leaders of Tiny Hands through a variety of different channels. When they called me up last year to photograph their second annual fund-raising golf tournament, I was more than happy to donate my time. I photograph a lot of charity events, and sometimes my family wonders whether the time I'm putting into those is really worth it. For Tiny Hands, a measly 40 hours of my time hardly seems like enough.
This past weekend, I got to shoot their third annual Brenden Stai Golf Classic, which takes place each year at Lincoln's HiMark Golf Course. Brenden is a local celebrity who won a national championship on the Husker football team and went on to a lengthy NFL career. He brings in lots of other sports figures to make the golf outing fun for everybody. A silent auction and dinner was held on Friday night, followed by the golf tournament on Saturday. This year, they were blessed with a better turnout than expected to hear new Husker baseball coach Darin Erstad speak. Tiny Hands raised over $70K this weekend.
The golf tournament itself was a lot of fun. The rain missed us, and we had a warm, sunny day on the course. The highlight of the day was when James Lamb sank a hole in one to win a new Honda Accord from Williamson Honda. James then donated the car back to Tiny Hands, because he believes in their mission that much.
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If you're looking for a good time while supporting a good cause, look no further than next year's event.
The entire collection of photos is online at the Prairie Rim Images gallery. I've posted a few photos below to give you a feel for the event. First, from the dinner and auction Friday evening:
|Event sponsors. Recognize any of them?|
|Some of the many auction items|
|Silent auction in full swing|
|Husker baseball coach Darin Erstad|
And now from the golf classic on Saturday:
|Husker celebrities and Tiny Hands staff|
|The Husker Helicopter lands Saturday morning|
|Participants watch the Husker Helicopter lift off|
|Watching the chip|
|Drevos head toward the green|
|Which way does it break?|
|The longest drive|
|Bill Vacek loves his shades|
|Brenden Stai posed for a group shot with every foursome|
|James Lamb poses with Husker football coach|
Bo Pelini at the hole where he won a new car.
|James Lamb won a new Honda Accord from|
Williamson Honda for sinking a hole in one
This is the second charity golf tournament I've photographed in as many months. Read about the 2011 Cross Pointe Golf Outing here.