Wildcat Open, 2011

This year’s Wildcat Open Powered by Navistar, held at Calumet Country Club on September 12, was an amazing success. Where to begin?

The weather was nothing short of perfect this year, and the course was in pristine condition. The staff at Calumet is wonderful to us every year, seemingly better every year, contributing hugely to our effort on behalf of the Thornton students. Special thanks to Randy Wexter, the general manager and golf pro, and to Linda Falkenthal, catering director, for their tireless work on behalf of TALF and our goals.

Dan Ustian is a sterling model—the gold standard—of an alum who year after year demonstrates his deep commitment to reaching back to support Thornton students and to help ensure that Thornton’s great tradition of excellence in academics and athletics (and extracurricular programs) remains strong and vibrant.   Thank you, Dan, from all of us at TALF.  Our sincere thanks as well to the Navistar vendors, whose great generosity makes it possible to fund much-needed educational enrichment programs for Thornton.  We most heartily thank the Navistar staff who assisted in all the detailed planning for the golf outing, and this includes our special thanks to Janell McCann, whose help with the online auction, preparation in a thousand ways, and assistance on the day of the event were above and beyond the call of any duty.   We also express our deep gratitude and appreciation to Bill Hayes, 42, and his wife Susan Seaforth Hayes, to Tom Dreesen, 57, and to Rod Higgins, 78, for their unique and hugely popular donations to our live auction.

The golf sold out completely, and there was also a terrific turnout for dinner. Navistar put together a wonderful video for the event, presented by Dan Ustian, reflecting the positive impact your many and generous gifts have had on the students at TTHS. Tony Ratliff, Thornton principal, spoke in rousing terms about his love and support of Wildcat Country. Eric Fox, TALF president, spoke to the assembled alums and friends on the goals of the organization, and about the ongoing needs at the school.

As a result of the great support from you, our sponsors, donors and caring friends, the event generated $117,000-plus!   All of these proceeds will be used to further our mission: To enhance student programs at Thornton and to extend Thornton’s proud legacy of nurturing, molding and sending out into the world successful, accomplished Thornton graduates. Thank you, thank you.