Butler’s Golf Course’s 90th Anniversary

June’s Story… Butler’s and Our Community

Golf has a longstanding history of giving back to society.  It starts with the values of sportsmanship, respect, and integrity that are inherent in the game and passed on to children who learn the game, and continues with billions of dollars raised annually for charities across the country.  Butler’s Golf Course is proud to play a small role in this much larger movement. As we reflect on the past 90 years, this month we celebrate the importance of giving back to the community, and the various ways our property has been involved in doing so.

Sometimes the business itself is responsible for direct donations.  Sometimes we’re the venue for events that succeed in truly making a difference in so many lives.  Regardless of the nature of our involvement we take great pride in this portion of what we do.  Over time, many details of the early years have been forgotten, so we will concentrate on more recent activity for this article.

In great times of need, the nation will come together to provide support to our fellow Americans. Late August of 2005 was one of these unfortunate occasions. As news of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina spread, and the death toll climbed, the rest of the nation was coming together to provide assistance.  Our Pittsburgh family did their part right here at Butler’s.  In advance of Labor Day, the Nill family announced that on the holiday all green fees would be donated to the disaster relief fund.  Furthermore, golfers could pay any amount they deemed appropriate or could afford.  As a whole, our golfers were very generous and a $9,000 check was written to help our friends in the Gulf, quite a bit more than Butler’s would have normally generated in green fees.  Sending that check may have been a small gesture in comparison to the incredible need of the folks in and around New Orleans, but it was a moment of pride for Butler’s and its loyal golfers.

In addition to one-time fundraisers, Butler’s is happy to host many annual golf outings that benefit worthwhile causes.  We work with several Outing Coordinators and their teams to run successful events.  The vast majority of the work is done by them, seeking golfers, soliciting sponsors and donations, and organizing volunteers.  We are simply happy to do our part in executing the function and giving their guests an enjoyable experience.  It’s satisfying to see golfers coming together for a purpose, and makes us feel like we’re part of something bigger than just this game.  Although we have worked with hundreds of groups over the years we would like to highlight two successful outings already held this year.  We’re honored to have hosted The Pittsburgh Pink Tie Affair for many seasons now.  The funds they generate from their outing will assist breast cancer patients in their efforts to achieve social, emotional, and physical wellbeing. New to our schedule this year, we were proud to host The JeremeDudzinski Foundation.  This foundation was created in loving memory of a lost family member and friend, dedicated to providing aid to those faced with financial hardship due to medical expenses.  In combination, we estimate these two organizations, along with the rest of our Charity Events this year, will generate about $200,000 for their missions.  We applaud the individuals who sacrifice so much of their time and energy to make these events successful.  It’s a privilege to work with them on an annual basis and we strive to serve them better each year.

In 2012, we began hosting an in-house golf event to support our nation’s wounded and fallen heroes and their families.  We’re excited to announce our 7th annual outing will be held on Monday, August 13th, benefiting Operation Second Chance.  We are fortunate enough to have tremendous support from our golfers, the surrounding community, and our vendors to make this day successful each year.  We are also often blessed with special guests.  Just last year the members of VFW Post 7632 and American Legion Post 553 got us started by “posting the colors.”  Playing that day were wounded veterans Sergeant First Class Ramon Padilla, 9 years US Army, Staff Sergeant David Weiner, 6 ½ years US Army, and Lieutenant Aaron Ojard, 20 years US Navy.  In addition, Sysco always donates food, and prizes and giveaways are donated by companies like Callaway, TaylorMade, Bridgestone, FootJoy, Sketchers, Coors, and Budweiser.  As we don’t take any revenue for the donated food, and collected green fees are kept low, we have the ability to keep entry fees very reasonable, and much of the proceeds go directly to the cause.  Last year we were happy to send a check to Operation Second Chance for over $12,000 and we look forward to another great event this year.  Those who are interested in signing up or participating in any way should contact the golf shop at 412-751-9121.

This year provides yet another opportunity for charitable work as we will be celebrating our 90thAnniversary with a week full of different activities from Monday, July 23rd through Sunday, July 29th.  We have decided to team up with a new local organization called Elizabeth’s Guardian Angels.  They are dedicated to providing assistance to students in the Elizabeth Forward School District, those in the need of food, and families having difficulty providing for their children around the holidays.  Although there will be a few different ways to raise funds for this group, most notably we’ll be accepting donations during our Free Outdoor Concert on Friday, July 27th, and donating a portion of the proceeds from our 90th Anniversary Golf Outing on Saturday, July 28th.  We’re eager to use this celebration to give back to a community that has supported us for so many years.

Even though there are many more ways Butler’s has been involved in charitable work, we are happy to have named a just few here.  Thank you for the support you have provided us in each of our events, and thank you for sharing some memories with us as we celebrate our 90th Anniversary.  We intend to maintain our close relationship to charity moving forward, always preserving it as an integral part of our story.  Stay tuned as we will share another piece of Butler’s history with you in July.
History Archives

January's Story - Remembering the Beginning
February's Story - Silent Park Lake and Picnic Grounds
March's Story The Tornado of 1963
April's Story - The Third Nine
May's Story - Honoring Our Long-Term Staff