Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Doc Witte

Happy First Day of Autumn!

I wish you'd have known our friend Jack Witte. Many of you did. Lucky break.

We'll celebrate the Dr. Jack R. Witte Memorial Golf Day next Thursday, Sept. 30, at East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport. It's one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Northwest Louisiana chapter.

We’ll play 36 holes at East Ridge. (We used to play 24 hours straight and I'd ask you for a per-hole donation; remember those days?) I’m asking for your sponsorship again. My family will donate $100. If you'll match that, sweet. If not, all will be well. I just thank you for your help.

Here’s a note Terry Slack, head of FCA in Northwest Louisiana, wrote about Doc Witte, who was a beautiful person … “ Jack was a great friend and he loved the Lord, and FCA. We started the Ironman Golf Marathon about 15 years ago, and Jack was an original Ironman. The first few years we played for 24 hours, Noon till Noon. Jack took two days off of work and played golf for 24 hours. He raised much money for FCA and loved the Marathon. That is why we put his name on this event and will play on the 30th in his memory. Jack sacrificed for the cause. I am asking you to do the same. Please consider playing with us in the Dr. Jack Witte FCA Golf Day on Thursday, Sept. 30th, or if you cannot play, please sponsor someone. We are asking each golfer to donate $100 and ask at least 24 people to match their gift, or give a gift of any amount.”

Doc Witte passed away in May of 2001. I’ll never forget playing golf with him at 2 and 3 and 4 in the morning. Or coaching Little League with him. He always aggravated me because he was so naturally good at everything! He would love that his name is on the tournament and that he can still help raise money for and change lives through the spreading of the Good News through FCA.

To donate, you can

1. email me with your pledge and home/business mailing address and I’ll take it from there and send you forms in the mail;

2. OR, you can send a donation to Dr Jack Witte Golf Day, 3018 Old Minden Road, Suite 1121, Bossier City 71112, which is the FCA office. Make your check out to FCA Northwest Louisiana and in the memo line put Teddy/Golf Day

3. Mail me your donation to Teddy Allen, PO Box 3172, Ruston, 71272, and I’ll give it to FCA on the 30th;

4. Or, you can email Terry’s second in command, Andy Stroup, at astroup@fca.org, for more information.

5. Finally, you can donate online at www.nwlafca.org/Golfmarathon.lsp (click on Sponsorship Payment in the upper right hand corner).

Thank you for your prayers and support of FCA in general and this Golf Day inparticular. (Is inparticular a word?) FCA maintains 70 Huddles that help 10,000 area students, sends kids and coaches and their families to special summer camps for discipleship, and much more. Your donations do make a difference. Doc knew that, which is why he was among the event's biggest supporters.

Thank you... seeya!