WHERE IT ALL STARTED...
"The main catch to golfing Guillaume style is that taunting is legal and totally enforced."
The Evan Marnix Guillaume Foundation celebrates and strives to commemorate the life of our friend, son, and brother and his commitment to bring personal and financial aid to underprivileged children throughout the world.
When Evan was a junior in High School, he volunteered at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, a charitable organization serving orphaned and abandoned children. The organization, comprised of orphanages and hospitals in 9 Latin American and Caribbean countries, provides children with shelter, food, education and vocational training. Evan thoroughly enjoyed his time there and spoke often about his desire to return to volunteer with the organization again. This experience left a lasting effect on him, and in doing so left an impression on those who loved him.
Therefore, in his memory the foundation hosts an annual golf tournament in an effort to raise money to assist volunteer organizations such as NPH in the fulfillment of their humane goals. People from all over the world fly in to participate in this weekend of good times, better stories, and golfing “Guillaume style”.
For those of us who had the privilege of knowing Evan, we know that he infused everything he did with fun and humor. Golf was no different. A bit bored by the conventional approach to golfing, one summer day while out for a round with friends, Evan proposed a new set of rules to “spice it up a bit.” Evan’s version encouraged severe heckling of the opposition. He also – probably hungry and toting only change in his pockets – proposed a wager of massive proportions; any item on the Culver's menu could be wagered at each hole.
Rest assured, Evan always knew whom to partner with and usually walked away with at least a double cheeseburger, fries, and a shake.
The first Evan Guillaume Memorial Golf Tournament was held in July 2003. After great success, the event has become a fan favorite for the past fifteen years, and raised over $700,000 for causes that inspired and uplifted the man that we all love so much.
Since 1954, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) has cared for thousands of orphaned and abandoned children. The first home opened in Mexico, later followed by homes in Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Bolivia. To date, over 18,200 children have been cared for by this unique and loving family.
Through the generosity of a worldwide network of support organizations, the children are provided with food, clothing, shelter, medical care and an education. “An education,” states founder Fr. William B. Wasson, “will take my children out of the poverty into which they were born.”
Children of all ages are embraced by this loving family, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, which in English means “Our Little Brothers and Sisters.” Some have been abandoned. Others have lost one or both parents and have no one to care for them. Many have physical and emotional scars that eventually heal as they begin to trust their new family.
Through the principles of love, security, sharing, work and responsibility, the children begin to thrive. A careful balance of these five principles helps the children succeed and live in harmony.