First things first, I write this post from my position as a board member of the Simmons Employee Foundation (SEF), not as partner of Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC. It has been my privilege to serve the SEF, a truly respected organization in our community made up of caring, charitable, dedicated, and hard-working employees of Simmons Hanly Conroy.

The firm’s leadership has recently recognized in this space the extraordinary efforts of the SEF, which has raised over one-half million dollars in just a handful of years. The recognition is much appreciated, as is the complete support the firm provides the employees in their philanthropic endeavors.

Again, as an SEF board member, I’m happy to announce that the organization continues to support those in need.

On Friday, September 18, the SEF will host its fifth annual golf tournament at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville, Ill. Foursomes are available for four-hundred dollars, single registrations for $100. The entry fee includes greens fee, cart rental, lunch or dinner, soda and beer on the course, and a complimentary gift. There are cash prizes for first- and second-place teams in three flights.

Now, bear with me. According to former American journalist and writer Westbrook Pegler, “Golf is the most useless outdoor game ever devised to waste the time and try the spirit of man.”

With apologies to Mr. Pegler, the SEF’s fifth annual golf tournament can, in fact, be the most useful outdoor activity you can participate in on Friday, September 18, and a true reflection of the spirit each of us bring as we reach out to help the children of H.I.S. K.I.D.S.

This event is for the children and families affected by childhood cancer. H.I.S. K.I.D.S. serves approximately 2,000 seriously ill children and family members each year from its locations in Highland, Ill., and Florida. All services are provided at no charge and without regard to race, creed, color, or financial ability.

I applaud SEF for identifying such a worthy organization. And I invite you to participate in and/or take advantage of sponsorship opportunities. One hundred percent of all net proceeds will benefit H.I.S. K.I.D.S.

I hope to see you on the course.

For more information, contact Lori Smith at 618-259-6102 or Yvette Scott at 618-259-6517.