A gorgeous golf course. A sun-kissed Minnesota morning. Dozens of golfers eager to help a local cause. HOM Furniture. All four made for a perfect recipe for the 30th annual HOM Open Charity Golf Tournament last month.
About 270 participants enjoyed a perfect day on the greens and fairways at Majestic Oaks Golf Course in Ham Lake, Minn. By the end of the day, HFA member HOM helped raise more than $300,000 for Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge (MNATC) and other charities.
The tournament is one of HOM Furniture President and CEO Rod Johansen’s favorite days of the year. “It’s a day we always look forward to,” says Johansen. “It’s exciting to see so many of our local and industry partners supporting an important cause. We are fortunate to have our tournament expand each year and after 30 years, it has become a part of our culture at HOM Furniture.”
More than $3 million raised
The day began with skills challenges and brunch and then opening the tournament with the national anthem. The anthem was performed by the MNATC Choir in front of golfers ready to attack the course. The day concluded with dinner, prizes and a re-cap of the year from Pastor Rich Scherber, executive director of MNATC. Two MNATC students also shared their success stories. Scherber spoke about how the HOM Open has helped grow his organization. The group recently opened its 13th facility serving more than 900 men, women and teens with their long-term, faith-based recovery program.
Over the past 30 years, the HOM Open Charity Golf Tournament has raised $3 million for charities in Minnesota. This tournament has grown from a small endeavor into an industry event that welcomes leaders, employees, family members and friends to come out and show their support every year.