Dream Factory of Southeast Missouri hosts annual charity golf tournament
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Dream Factory of Southeast Missouri’s annual golf tournament has carried on into its sixth year. Twenty-eight teams teed it up at Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course on Saturday to raise money to help chronically and critically ill children live out their dreams.
The organization’s incoming president Carmen Mahlandt said seeing the joy in the children and families is what makes her job so rewarding.
“I really enjoy working with the kids and seeing the excitement and the fascination with the places they get to go with their families,” she said. “As a mother, I can understand how taxing it can be, so it’s really nice to be able to see them enjoy themselves as a family.”
Vice President Allison Pfau echoed these sentiments.
“Being able to give those families time to be with each other and not have to worry about, ‘Oh, we have to go to a doctor’s appointment. We have this, that or the other that we have to do.’ Just giving the escape to be free from all of that, and just seeing them enjoying themselves on those trips,” she said.
Volunteer Cory Aufdenberg’s cousin, Parker, suffers from spina bifida. Through Dream Factory of Southeast Missouri, Parker was able to take a trip to Nebraska to meet and hang out with Andrew Flair of the YouTube famous Googan Squad.
“He got to do some fishing with him and go hang out. I think they played a round of golf,” he said. “He had a really good time. It was good to see him get away and go enjoy himself for a little bit.”
Dream Factory has helped the dreams of so many children come true, and Saturday’s golf tournament will help them continue to do just that.