The 26th Annual Golf for Joy was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. This was a difficult decision to make but we knew it was in everyone's best interest not to have a large gathering. This was the first time in 26 years that we could not have an in-person gathering, but we did not let that stop us from raising funds to support children with challenges who are still in need during these difficult times.
For 2020, we planned a special event that we named Virtual Joy. The Annual Masters Golf Tournament, typically played in April, was postponed due to COVID-19 which gave us an opportunity to continue with the theme of our usual fun golf outing that we missed out on. We held a virtual event based around the Masters Tournament, November 12 – 15, 2020. Anyone who made a donation or paid the registration fee of $30 was included in a random drawing to be “paired up” with a golfer playing in the Masters. Then all we had to do was sit back, watch some great golf and cheer on our players.
Long time MJB supporter and board member, Kelly Syferd was lucky to be paired with winning golfer, Dustin Johnson, and was the winner of Virtual Joy 2020.
We can't believe that we raised over $3,300 through the amazing support of our online community in 2020. Virtual Joy raised about $2,800 and we received some generous donations in June when Golf for Joy was cancelled. We are so grateful and humbled by the continuous support that you all provide us, despite the complications that 2020 caused.
So close but not quite ready to return to our normal yearly programming, we decided to continue the virtual fun into 2021 in place of Bowl for Joy and Golf for Joy. The Masters returned to their normal April dates and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to host our second virtual event. Scheduled for April 8 – 11, 2021, this was the same format as the 2020 Virtual Joy. Rick Woodruff was our lucky winner, paired with golfer, Hideki Matsuyama.
We, once again, returned with Virtual Joy in 2022 as a replacement for Bowl for Joy; as we planned Golf for Joy, our first in-person event post 2020.