Thousands of golf fans flocked to The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge golf course in Snoqualmie, Wash. to watch some of golf’s greatest senior players battle it out on the green for the annual Boeing Classic, Northwest’s premier golf experience and PGA Tour Champions event. Boeing has been a sponsor from the start, which to date has raised more than $8 million for Benaroya Research Institute and other local charities.
With the spirit of giving literally in the air, the Boeing Classic rang in its 15th anniversary when a 787 Dreamliner performed the annual Boeing flyover. It sported a brilliant pink and purple livery representing the tens of thousands of Boeing employees who have contributed to the Boeing Employees Community Fund (ECF), which has raised approximately $1 billion for local charities over the past 7 decades.
Boeing employees and volunteers also play a key role in the success of The Boeing Classic. Each year, hundreds volunteer at the tournament to ensure it runs smoothly and to simply soak in the atmosphere.
“I enjoy the game, the family of volunteers and it is a way for me to donate time that Boeing will match in donations to further medical research that someday we may be in need of,” said Randy Carey, an environmental engineering lead for Environment, Health and Safety. “Boeing Classic is a community within a community known as Boeing.”
Su Benson, an Environment, Health and Safety staff analyst, said she and her husband Ray, a Boeing retiree, have both made volunteering at the event a yearly tradition.
“One of the best things is the flyover on Friday,” she said. “That’s when you just can’t help but burst with pride to see our pilots flying that incredible aircraft up the 18th fairway.”
Benson said she has been volunteering since the start.
“It’s like a family reunion each year” she adds. “It’s just something that we look forward to and just better than Christmas for me.”
Boeing participation was not limited to volunteers. For the first time, members of Boeing’s Fire Department Color Guard presented the colors for the National Anthem to begin opening ceremonies.
The tournament always concludes with Military Appreciation Day, when members of the armed forces and veterans receive free admission and are welcomed at the Patriot’s Outpost tent. Boeing employees and a guest also received free entry all week long to join in on the Classic fun.
Members of the Boeing Veteran Engagement Team (BVET) volunteered throughout the tournament on Military Appreciation Day, at locations ranging from the Patriots Outpost Tent where they could connect with veterans, to the 18th hole where they cheered on the participants.
“It gives time for BVET participants to network, share like stories, and show our community that Boeing does truly support and care about our local community here in Washington,” said Jennifer Cormier, a BVET Secretary and an employee with Boeing Defense, Space & Security’s P-8A Poseidon program.
With the close of the weekend, Brandt Jobe took home the winning title, the Champion Trophy and the Boeing Classic Aviator Jacket.
By Tanya Nguyen